OXFORD City let slip a lead as they suffered a 5-3 defeat at home to Hampton & Richmond Borough.

Mark Jones’s side had hoped to make it three wins in a week after victories over Chippenham Town and Oxford United.

But they were instead condemned to a fifth straight home defeat in a breathtaking Vanarama National League South clash.

The loss leaves them 13th in the table.

Hampton took the lead on nine minutes when Marcel Barrington turned home a corner at the near post.

City were only behind for seven minutes, though, Josh Ashby equalising with a free-kick.

However, Hampton quickly restored their advantage from the penalty spot after Casey Maclaren was fouled.

Christopher Dickson stepped up to beat goalkeeper Steven Caro from 12 yards on 22 minutes.

The goals continued to flow and City scored twice within the space of five minutes to take the lead for the first time.

Kabongo Tshimanga raced on to a long ball and rounded goalkeeper Tom Lovelock to make it 2-2.

And City led 3-2 on 41 minutes when Brandon Thomas-Asante nodded home an Ashby cross after Joe Oastler’s header had hit the bar.

They were unable to hold on before half-time, though, as Zak Joseph fired past Caro.

Hampton had the ball in the back of the net again on 50 minutes, but Dickson’s effort was ruled out for offside.

However, the visitors did not have to wait long to go 4-3 ahead as the same player was on hand to head home Ricky Wellard’s 58th minute corner.

Dickson went close to completing his hat-trick, but dragged an effort wide.

City still had hope of earning a point in the latter stages and pushed for an equaliser.

But after a defending a corner the visitors countered and Ruel Sotiriou tapped home at the far post on 90 minutes to make sure of the result.

Oxford City: Caro, Jones, Dielna (Case HT), Ashby, Moore-Azille, Oastler, Wiltshire, Self (Hopkins 78), Tshimanga, Thomas-Asante, James (Fleet 66). Subs not used: Bawling, O’Donoghue.

Attendance: 509.