Nationwide South Wrap

Histon maintained their seven-point lead at the top of Nationwide South after a 4-2 win over new-look Basingstoke at the Glassworld Stadium on Saturday.

One of several new faces in the `Stoke side, Scott Cross, actually gave them a 35th minute lead they held until the hour when Matt Mitchell-King equalised.

Four minutes later Nathaniel Knight-Percival put the leaders in front only for Neville Roach to equalise six minutes from time.

But just three minutes later the Stutes were back in front through substitute Antonio Murray, who scored again a minute from time just to make sure.

Histon didn`t have far to look to see how second-placed Welling United had fared as the Wings were playing just the other side of the A14 at Milton Road against neighbouring Cambridge City, and won, courtesy of a 58th minute Chris Moore effort.

Havant & Waterlooville moved into third spot after beating FA Cup heroes Salisbury City at Westleigh Park.

Tony Taggart put the Hawks in front five minutes before the break and straight after the interval Rocky Baptiste doubled their lead.

Cup scorer Matty Tubbs reduced the deficit from the penalty spot just two minutes later but Baptiste`s second just before the hour-mark sealed the hosts` win.

Bishop`s Stortford and Fisher Athletic currently fill the two other play-off spots, with Salisbury dropping out as a result of their defeat.

Stortford were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Eastleigh at Woodside Park where new boy Carl Wilson-Denis gave the Spitfires a 23rd minute lead that was cancelled out within three minutes by Rob Gillman.

Fisher, however, were 3-0 `home` winners against fast-falling Bedford Town.

Charlie Hearn broke the deadlock by giving Fish a 28th minute lead and Damien Scannell added a second on 66 minutes. Anthony Riviere rounded things off with a third 18 minutes from time.

Braintree Town are level on thirty points with Salisbury and Fisher but they had to be content with a goalless draw at Dorchester Town.

Hayes join Basingstoke and Eastleigh in the bottom three after being hammers 4-0 at Church Road by Sutton United.

Tony Quinton on 27 minutes and Warren McBean 11 minutes later gave the U`s a 2-0 half time lead and then Mcbean again on 70 minutes and John Scarborough in injury-time added to the tally.

Farnborough Town moved out of the relegation places by securing their sixteenth positive point after starting the campaign on minus ten, thanks to a 2-1 Cherrywood Road success against a Thurrock side who are falling into trouble at the foot of the table.

The Essex side led through Wes Thomas` 27th minute goal until five minutes after half time when Michael Charles equalised.

Bradley Garness netted Boro`s winner with 4 minutes of normal time remaining.

Newport County enjoyed a 4-1 mauling of Yeading, who were being watched by new manager Garry Haylock at Spytty Park.

Matthew Green was the Exiles` hero, netting a hat trick with goals in the second, 40th and 45th minutes after Marvin Morgan had equalised his opener on 24 minutes. Richard Evans scored the fourth on 47 minutes.

Lewes were another side to hit four at home, with Weston-super-Mare the victims aat the Dripping Pan.

A fourth minute Gary Thorne own goal set the hosts off and four minutes before half time Andrew Drury added a second.

Paul Booth made it 3-0 with seven minutes of the second half gone, Marvin Brown pulled one back for Weston on 68 minutes, but Jamie Cade restored the Rooks` three-goal cushion on 71 minutes. Craig Allcock pulled another back for the visitors three minutes from time.

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