GLENN Tamplin says Billericay Town are throwing away the chance of winning the Isthmian Premier League after Dulwich Hamlet came from behind to usurp their position at the top of the division.

Despite taking an early lead, a combination of wasteful finishing and excellent goalkeeping ultimately cost Billericay with Dulwich particularly clinical on the counter-attack in a 3-1 win.

The defeat was Billericay’s fourth in succession in the league and their fifth in six matches.

And although they remain favourites for the league with four matches in hand on new leaders Dulwich, Tamplin said more changes will be made unless the players turn their form around.

“In the first half we missed six or seven chances and we should be comfortably ahead at half-time,” said the Town manager and owner. “Dulwich had one chance and they scored. In summary, the first half was down to missed chances and the second was down to missed chances and bad defending.

“We gave the game away and I am absolutely screwing because I did all I could to get them in the right place. But they can’t take chances or defend it seems.

“They need to turn it around on Saturday [against Staines Town] and if they don’t I will make changes. I am not waiting for them to throw this league away for me.”

Town took the lead on nine minutes through captain Dean Inman, with Dulwich - embroiled in a legal battle as they continue to fight for their future - largely indebted to a stunning performance between the posts by on loan Coventry City goalkeeper Cory Addai.

The 20-year-old denied Jake Robinson three times, as well as halting Billy Bricknell and Inman among others.

And Dulwich were to take advantage. Two minutes before half-time, a deep cross found Dipo Akinyemi and he headed beyond Alan Julian.

After the break, Joe Kizzi’s excellent interception prevented Reise Allassani putting Hamlet ahead, with the winger injuring himself in the process - which resulted in 17 additional minutes at the end of the clash.

After the enforced break Dulwich took charge and, having created several half chances, they stormed into the lead with less than 10 minutes remaining.

It all came from a Town corner. Hamlet broke with the goal created by the excellent Nyren Clunis.

The winger left Kizzi and Josh Urquhart for dead and had the presence of mind to square for Akinyemi to tap home from five yards.

Both goalkeepers made excellent saves as the half wore on, but Town were to concede the next goal. A long ball was not dealt with and Clunis punished some poor defending from Inman and Kizzi to round Julian and complete a thrilling game.

Billericay Town: Julian, Kizzi, Urquhart, Inman, Swaine (Wheeler 90+10’), Deering (Hughes 53’), Modeste, Waldren, Butcher, Robinson, Cunnington (Bricknell 68’)