BASINGSTOKE Town maintained their 100 per cent record under new boss Martin Kuhl as they beat high flying visitors Hendon 2-1.

The new manager made one change to the side which won at Hartley Wintney 3-1 in midweek, with Harry Philby coming into the back four in place of the injured Shane Hollamby.

In tricky conditions the first chance came when a low cross into the area by Dean Stow in the 10th minute was eventually cleared away.

However, the home side did take the lead in the 17th minute as Deadfield’s cross into the box was met by Dan Bayliss’ bullet header.

Hendon then came close to an equaliser as Colm McAdden produced a great save to deny Ricardo German.

The home side then doubled their lead, as Deadfield fired the ball in from the right and the visiting goalkeeper Danny Boness was only able to push the ball into his own net.

In the 37th minute, Hendon were given the chance to haul themselves back into the contest.

This was after Town’s Colm McAdden was very harshly penalised, for what looked like a superb save at the feet of German.

The skipper was to make full use of the early Christmas present to pull a goal back for Hendon.

The home side nearly made it 3-1 by the interval after Sam Argent released the lively Zidane Akers, but his shot hit the post.

After the break, both sides went looking for further goals, but it must be said Town came closest to adding to their tally.

Ben Wright found Sam Argent just after the hour mark, but his effort was saved.

Wright was then found by Deadfield’s free-kick, but the striker was unable to find the target.

On 82 minutes, Hendon so nearly grabbed an undeserved equaliser, but German’s header went just over the bar.

With three minutes left, Smart won the Dragons a penalty, as he was fouled in the box.

Unfortunately, Stow fired over from the spot for a rare penalty miss, but the home side held on to win the game 2-1 and with it moved up to 14th in the table.

Town will look to continue their winning run on Tuesday night, when they entertain Walton Casuals in the second round of the League Cup.