BILLERICAY Town overcame a two-goal deficit to seal an impressive 3-2 win over a lively Oxford City side.

A poor first half performance allowed a Kabongo Tshimanga brace to hand the hosts a two-goal cushion.

But Harry Wheeler’s half-time team talk certainly paid dividends as goals from Moses Emmanuel, Jamar Loza and Joe Kizzi ensured Town to record a fifth consecutive National League South victory.

Danny Waldren had an early effort cleared off the line as Billericay went in search of an opener, while Oxford responded with Tshimanga forcing Alan Julian into a solid stop.

Waldren tried his luck from long range but saw his effort fly just over the crossbar.

And Oxford broke the deadlock with 36 minutes on the clock as Tshimanga pounced on a defensive error before rounding Julian and rolling the ball into the back of the net.

Tshimanga doubled his tally for the afternoon on the stroke of half-time, again rounding Julian.

Billericay were in danger of falling to their first league defeat since Wheeler’s return as manager, but a superb second half display allowed the visitors to turn the game on its head.

Emmanuel got the comeback underway by volleying home 12 minutes after the resumption.

And Town were back on level terms just three minutes later as Loza added his name to the scoresheet.

Billericay were in the ascendancy having grabbed two quickfire goals and went in search of a winner.

The all-important third goal came with little more than 20 minutes remaining as Kizzi headed beyond home goalkeeper Craig King.

However, Billericay were forced to finish the clash with 10 men as Kizzi was shown a second yellow card for jumping into the crowd while celebrating his goal.

Oxford went on the front foot as they searched for an equaliser, but Julian pulled off a good reaction stop before the home side were further frustrated after striking the post and crossbar in the first minute of injury time.

The Oxford players thought they had grabbed a late point as they found the back of the net, but the effort was ruled out for offside and Town were able to hold on for all three points.