DEAN Brennan has called for unity ahead of Billericay Town’s trip to St Albans City.

Town have suffered three consecutive defeats, including heavy losses to Woking and Chelmsford City, as the club’s hopes of securing back-to-back titles have been hindered.

Billericay, who are fifth in the National League South standings, visit play-off chasing St Albans tomorrow and Brennan is keen to avoid a fourth defeat on the bounce.

Brennan, who replaced Harry Wheeler as boss in September, said: “We managed to go and win at Eastbourne when we were up against it with a lot of negativity coming from everywhere.

“We managed to win at Bath when we were up against it.

“Obviously, we have lost three on the bounce now so it is testing.

“These are testing times and there has been a lot of turnover at the football club.

“I’ve stood up, stuck my chest out and took it where it hurts

“It wasn’t in the plan, but that’s the way it is.

“Football changes very quickly but we’ve just got to make sure that we stick together and keep working hard.

“We came up short against Chelmsford and lady luck was not on our side.

“These things test you and they are major tests, but we have to move on and only concentrate on St Albans because things in football can change very quickly.”

While positives were in short supply as Town suffered a 5-1 defeat to rivals Chelmsford on Boxing Day, Adam Coombes came off the bench and got his name on the scoresheet.

The frontman will be pushing for a place in Brennan’s starting line-up.

But Brennan admitted a head injury suffered at Eastbourne Borough continues to cause havoc for the summer signing.

“It’s a tough one with Coombesy,” added Brennan.

“I love Coombesy and he is a fantastic player, but he got kicked in the head a few weeks ago so it has been very hard to give him game time.

“He couldn’t train the other day because he had a few headaches and we’ve got to make sure that his health comes first.

“We want to get him in the team because we know that he is a goalscorer.”