BILLERICAY Town suffered their first National League South defeat of the campaign as Oxford City notched a 3-2 win.

Jake Robinson and Ross Lafayette were on target for the hosts at the AGP Arena.

But boss Dean Brennan admitted Town’s defensive frailties continue to cost the newly-promoted side points.

Brennan said: “We lost the game, but we were outstanding attacking-wise.

“It was probably the best we have played going forward since I have been here and we had enough chances to win three games.

“But we didn’t take those chances and if you don’t keep clean sheet, you won’t win titles.

“The problem is our defensive frailties and we haven’t had a consistent back four.”

Sam Deering and Billy Clifford both went close for Billericay before the visitors hit back by hitting the post.

The hosts took the lead when Robinson flicked a Joe Kizzi volley home, but Oxford levelled matters just before the break through Kuran Wiltshire.

Oxford scored two goals early in the second half to give themselves a two-goal cushion, but Lafayette halved the deficit.

However, Billericay could not find an equaliser.

Billericay Town: Julian, Kizzi, Kennedy, Waldren (Hayles 59), Rooney, Deering, Emmanuel (Hunte 84), Clifford (Modeste 59), Robinson, Lafayette, Howells