Wealdstone’s excellent spell of early season form in the National League South continued with a 2-1 win against Maidstone United.

Billy Clifford and Jacob Mendy struck in the first half for the Stones, and Dan Wishart’s late goal for the visitors wasn’t enough to complete a comeback.

Maidstone, one of the newcomers to the division after their relegation from the National League last season, dominated the opening 20 minutes and came close to opening the scoring early on, but Wishart’s effort was saved by Aston Oxborough.

Wishart was proving to be a menace for the visitors and he came close once again in the 13th minute, but his effort whistled just wide of the post.

Against the run of play, it was then Wealdstone that took the lead in rather fortuitous fashion as Clifford whipped in a corner that sailed over the goalkeeper and straight into the net.

That goal completely turned the tide and it was now the hosts in the ascendency – so much so that they doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when Mendy drilled past Jake Cole from the edge of the area.

The dominating play from Wealdstone continued after the interval and within the first six minutes of the half they had spurned another two opportunities.

Clifford’s long-range effort didn’t quite have enough dip on it and Ross Lafayette forced goal into a point blank save with an acrobatic volley.

Another glorious chance to increase the score went begging, but only due to some heroic Maidstone defending.

Michee Etefe sent in a cross that was headed goalwards by Nick Arnold, but Noah Chesmain denied him on the line with a block.

Wealdstone continued to throw chances away and it came back to bite them late on as Maidstone reduced the deficit.

Wishart, a constant threat throughout, fired past Oxborough from close range to make it a nervy final few minutes for the hosts.

They almost snatched an equaliser in stoppage time too, but Arnold was there to clear away the danger.

That proved to be the final chance, and Wealdstone held on to maintain their excellent start to the season.

Their next challenge comes tomorrow night when they make the short journey to St Albans City, which kicks off at 7.45pm.