Wealdstone were given a late scare by Welling United but held on to extend their lead at the top of the National League South to eight points with a 2-1 away win.

Michael Phillips and Dennon Lewis scored in the second half for the Stones before a late penalty from Adam Coombes threatened a comeback.

However, Dean Brennan’s side held on and they now have a sizable gap between themselves and second-place Hemel Hempstead Town following a ninth-straight league win.

A frantic start to the game saw Lewis fouled on the edge of the box within two minutes, giving top-scorer Ross Lafayette the chance to add to tally, but goalkeeper Dan Wilks was equal to the effort.

Aston Oxborough was then called into action at the other end, but he denied Coombes’s flicked header from Anthony Cook’s free-kick.

A second half improvement saw Jacob Mendy have the first opportunity for the Stones following the break – he found himself on the edge of the box after a mazy run from his own half, but he shot wide.

Finally, Wealdstone took the lead after 68 minutes, and it came from a simple Danny Green corner aimed towards Phillips at the far post, who made no mistake with the header.

Just 10 minutes later, the lead was doubled when Green, the provider once more, curled a brilliant pass into Lewis in the area, and his clinical first-time finish beat the goalkeeper.

Welling didn’t give up though, and they were handed the opportunity to halve the deficit when Michee Etefe fouled Nathan Green in the box, and Coomes obliged with the spot-kick to make it 2-1.

Wealdstone held on, however, and remain at the top going into this weekend’s home game against Havant & Waterlooville.