Mark E'Beyer kept Wealdstone in the hunt for a Ryman Premier play-off spot after his sublime long range volley sunk relegation threatened Ashford Town on Tuesday night.
The midfielder made a late claim for goal of the season when he fired the ball past Craig Ross from all of 40 yards on the hour. It was the highlight of a dull, uninspiring game made all the more difficult by a strong cross-wind.
In the first half Ashford, who have now lost their last seven games, belied their lowly position. Their crisp, incisive passing had the hosts chasing shadows for long spells but despite winning countless corners they could not breach the Stones defence.
Scott Weight headed over from close range before Ashford skipper Paul Johnson saw his shot direct from a corner tipped over by Sean Thomas.
Stones were better after the break but nobody saw E'Beyer's magical strike coming, least of all Town keeper Ross, who was left grasping at thin air as the ball arrowed past him into the top corner of the net.
Substitutes James Gray and Callum Martin wasted late chances to sew the result up for Stones, who now switch their attentions to Thursday's home clash with Aveley.
Wealdstone: Thomas, Forbes, Chappell (cpt), Locke, Massey, Logie, E'Beyer, O'Leary, Mpi, Osborne, Spendlove. Attendance: 307.