Corinthian-Casuals let a two-goal lead slip at Ramsgate on Saturday, ensuring work needs to be done to guarantee a playoff place in the Bostik League South.

First half goals from Max Oldham and Harry Ottaway gave the visitors the lead but Ramsgate struck back in the 56th minute from the penalty spot and equalising with less than ten minutes remaining.

Casuals began bright, with Oldham heading home from a corner on 17 minutes. The lead was doubled when Ottaway latched onto a perfect through ball and calmly finished.

The second half was a stark contrast to the controlling first and Ramsgate were given a lifeline when a foul on the edge of the box saw Aaron Millbank step up. Casuals’ keeper Gareth Williams got a hand to the shot but was unable to keep it out.

On 81 minutes, Ramsgate broke and a cross into the box saw Rory Smith head home to level the scores.

Whilst James Bracken’s side were unable to nick all three points, playoff rivals Walton Casuals suffered a defeat meaning Corinth require four points from their last three matches to guarantee a playoff position.

It’s feels like a loss to me,” admitted Bracken after the match. “We’re 2-0 up at half-time. We know it’s never a safe score. You need to do certain things right when protecting that lead. We haven’t done that.”

“I’m beyond frustrated with it. We’ve been incapable of carrying out my instructions in the last few games.

"They’re simple things that need to be actioned to win a game of football. If they’d done the basics, they won’t score. It’s falling on deaf ears continually, so it’s deeply frustrating on my part. If they listen to me, we’ll win every game.

“We do need to remember that we’ve played good sides these last few weeks and today we scored two goals but we haven’t threatened the goal nearly enough.

"Not enough shots, not enough goalmouth action. Today we scored two and had five or six other good chances. We’ve hit the bar and their keeper has made a couple of good saves. We were much better as a forward threat but badly let ourselves down with poor defending.

“Is the glass half full or half empty? At the moment, I’m not sure. I’m not going to dress things up for our boys. They need to listen, do what is asked and have a desire to defend as well as attack. They need to do what is necessary on the pitch.

"That might be a horrible 50 yard recovery run against someone with pace. We haven’t had enough of that recently and we need to address that quickly.

“We still need to secure our playoff place. There are three games left and a lot can go wrong. On the flipside, a lot can go right. So we need to make sure come Saturday, we’ve got the right team selections, the right tactics in place and go win. We do that, we’re in decent shape.

“Two massive home games now, because Hythe Town away on the last day is not a game you want to be going into needing something to secure a playoff spot.

"They’re on a fantastic run at the moment so we need to make sure next Saturday is nothing else but three points. We need a win by hook or by crook – whatever is necessary in order to get a positive result.

“If we come up short, then it’s clear we aren’t good enough. I believe we are good enough, but the boys need to quickly look at themselves and realise what I’m saying is right. If they do that, then we can secure playoffs, go into the semi-final confident and win the whole thing.”

Casuals face Herne Bay at King George’s Arena, Tolworth on Saturday, 3pm.