Rocky Baptiste haunted his former club as Harrow blew a hole in Wealdstone’s promotion hopes with a first derby win since 2005.
The 37-year-old striker, who began his career with the Stones under their current boss Gordon Bartlett, fired a double as the hosts came from behind to ease any lingering relegation worries.
Baptiste, dropped the previous week came back with a vengeance to show the old predatory instincts. Stones by contrast were left to wonder if defeat against their archrivals had fatally wounded their play-off prospects.
And to make matters worse for Bartlett’s men keeper Sean Thomas was taken to hospital at half-time for checks on a head injury.
The first half was thrill-a-minute where the visitors held sway.
Danny Spendlove set the tone after just five minutes, showing quick feet to get in the box before firing a low show Andray Baptiste did well to hold.
The hosts responded well as Baptiste fired just wide and Danny McGonigle’s header was scrambled clear, but it was Stones who went in front on 17 minutes.
Kieron Forbes’ slide rule pass released Callum Martin who beat the off-side trap and raced clear. Baptiste got a touch as Martin tried to round him, but the stones’ striker brilliantly back-heeled the ball inside the far post.
Chances for a second came and went begging as Martin volleyed over and Forbes’ shot cannoned away off Peter Lyall, before at the other end Thomas received lengthy treatment after getting a kick amid a goalmouth scramble.
The injury brought six minutes of stoppage time which proved pivotal.
First Stones were denied a second goal as Ngoyi raced clear only to be denied by the legs of Baptiste.
And what should have been 2-0 became 1-1 with almost the last kick of the half as Ronanye Marsh-Brown crossed to the far post and Baptiste powered his header beyond the despairing dive of a still groggy Thomas.
Stones never recovered from the shock and were a non entity after the break.
They fell behind when Andray Baptiste long punt found its way through to namesake Rocky, who instinctively fired a first time shot beyond replacement keeper Sam Beagle.
The veteran striker almost had a hat-trick soon afterwards when he fired narrowly wide, but Borough stalwart Danny McGonigle sealed victory with a near post header from Lewis Cook’s corner 10 minutes from time.