Wealdstone remain top of the National League South after a comfortable 3-1 win away at Chelmsford City on Saturday.

Danny Green’s header was added to in the second half by Billy Clifford and Jerome Okimo before Dave Winfield’s late consolation gave the hosts something to cheer about.

The Clarets started on the front foot and got in behind the Stones a number of times in the opening exchanges. Firstly, Sam Higgins sent the ball through for Shaun Jeffers who couldn’t finish and then Higgins himself was unable to capitalise on a slip by Connor Stevens.

Despite the early pressure, it was Wealdstone who seized the initiative when an excellent cross from Nick Arnold was headed home by Green.

Chelmsford immediately looked for a response, but the closest Rod Stringer’s side came was when Chris Whelpdale’s effort was comfortably stopped by Aston Oxborough.

The Stones upped the tempo in the second half and they doubled their lead less than five minutes after the restart when Clifford fired in a stunning free-kick from 30-yards.

Within minutes, the visitors were out of sight as Green’s floated free-kick was bundled in by Okimo to put them three goals ahead.

The home side were beginning to struggle with the Wealdstone onslaught and a fourth goal almost arrived when Sanchez Watt skipped his way past two defenders, but his eventual effort from the edge of the box went wide.

Chelmsford managed to settle slightly and came close to pulling one back when Higgins’ strike bounced off Jeffers and onto the post.

They did find a consolation with four minutes of normal time remaining as Winfield rose highest to head home Billy Knott’s corner on his league debut.

That was all they could muster though, and Wealdstone saw the game out for maximum points and maintained their five-point lead over Hemel Hempstead Town at the top of the table.

Next up for the Stones is their FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie away at National League outfit Maidenhead United this Saturday.