DEAN Brennan insists he will refuse to ‘throw in the towel’ despite Billericay Town being condemned to a second heavy defeat in succession.

Just a matter of days after suffering a 4-0 loss to fellow National League South high-flyers Woking, rivals Chelmsford City recorded a 5-1 victory to further hamper Town’s chances of earning back-to-back promotions.

Despite being frustrated by the scoreline, Brennan will not walk away as boss of Billericay.

Brennan said: “In both boxes we have not been clinical enough.

“We have been really poor defensively and conceding five just a few days after letting in four is not good enough.

“We need to make sure that we recruit the right players in the coming weeks, but the good thing with this business is that we have the opportunity to bounce back at St Albans City on Saturday.

“I will be up all night, probably won’t sleep and will do what I have to do to make sure we keep improving.

“It’s easy for people to just throw the towel in, but I’m not going to throw the towel in.

“There has been a lot of change and ideally we wouldn’t have done that during the season - it was meant to happen in the summer but it was brought forward and that was out of my hands.”

Chelmsford moved into a three-goal lead inside the opening half hour at the Melbourne Community Stadium.

Scott Fenwick opened the scoring inside six minutes, while Tom Wraight’s deflected free-kick and a fine Rhys Murphy finish gave Billericay a mountain to climb.

Half-time substitute Adam Coombes reduced the arrears seven minutes after coming off the bench, but two goals in the space of three minutes allowed Murphy to complete his hat-trick.

Danny Waldren, who also came on as a substitute at the interval, was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Elliot Omozusi.

But Brennan felt referee Alex Blake should have booked the midfielder, while Clarets captain Anthony Church was lucky to remain on the pitch after a poor challenge early in the encounter.

Brennan added: “The red card, for me, is a yellow card.

“I thought Anthony Church’s challenge in the first minute on Ross Lafayette, where he has nearly snapped his shinpad, should have been a red card.

“Church committed seven fouls in the first half and was penalised for deliberate handball.

“The referee booked him once and then Waldo has come on, made a sliding tackle, caught him with his trailing leg and - 100 per cent - got the ball.

“It’s a yellow card and I think it was the reaction of their players getting around our player which got him sent off.

“I thought the referee was weak in his approach.

“In my opinion, Church’s early challenge on Lafayette was the worst in the whole game.”