Wealdstone cruised to an impressive 4-0 victory against Braintree Town at Cressing Road on Saturday.

A first half own goal by Ollie Saunders, accompanied by second-half strikes from Danny Green, Jacob Mendy and Billy Clifford, meant Stones made it two wins from their opening three games of the new campaign.

The Stones started the better of the two sides in the early exchanges and defender Connor Stevens was presented with the first chance of the afternoon after nine minutes.

A fine right-footed cross from Nick Arnold located Stevens free in the penalty area and he guided his header goalward, only to be denied by Michael Johnson’s fingertip-save.

Wealdstone dominated the opening phases of the game and took the lead in the 20th minute when Dennon Lewis jetted down the left and delivered a fierce low cross which cannoned off Iron full-back Saunders into the net.

The visitors could have doubled their lead less than a minute later when Lewis won the ball from Rob Harvey high up the pitch. The Stones man elected to shoot at the near post but Johnson was equal to the strike and made a strong save.

The upper hand was firmly with Wealdstone and midfielder Clifford tried to capitalise in the 27th minute with a second Stones goal, but an audacious half-volley from more than 30 yards was comfortably gathered by Johnson.

There was no letting up from the Stones and three minutes later talisman Ross Lafayette twisted and turned on the edge of the box before hammering a left-footed strike into the palms of the Braintree keeper.

Lewis was becoming a creative catalyst as the game progressed. The former Watford forward almost found his scoring touch 10 minutes before the interval but again Johnson dealt with the danger.

Boss Dean Brennan said after Tuesday’s defeat at Dulwich Hamlet that the Stones didn’t create enough goal-scoring opportunities, but that was certainly not proving to be the case this time around.

Five minutes before the break, Lewis was the provider on the right-hand side and squared the ball low to Lafayette in the area before former Stone Josh Urquhart cut out Lewis’ dangerous pass.

Lewis had caused havoc in the first half for the Stones and everything positive in attack was going through the winger. The former Hornets player almost found his scoring touch before the break but curled an effort wide of Johnson’s far post.

The Stones were firmly in control after the initial 45 minutes but had to settle for a one-goal advantage at the interval.

An even start to the second period saw the home side have an opportunity to draw level five minutes after the resumption. Saunders tried to redeem earlier wrongs when he went past Nick Arnold but sliced his left-footed shot wide.

Braintree had another chance to level just before the hour-mark when substitute Alfie Cerulli controlled the ball in the penalty area and Tom Richardson fired straight at Norwich City loanee Aston Oxborough.

Just as the Iron began to create a couple of chances, the lead was doubled in the 73rd minute.

Green collected the ball from Lafayette’s back-heel on the edge of the box; two touches later he had skimmed defender Jake Hutchings and keeper Johnson before slotting into an empty net.

A chance for a dramatic Braintree comeback became even less likely in the 83rd minute when Stevens slid a through ball into substitute Mendy, who cleverly flicked the ball over the defender before his half-volley rustled in the back of the net.

Two minutes later, the Stones concluded the contest in emphatic fashion. Full-back Michee Efete’s header found Clifford on the edge of the box and after composing himself he guided the ball past Johnson and into the bottom corner.