WEALDSTONE'S dominance over Hendon came to a shuddering halt at St George's Stadium last night (Tuesday).
Having won their last five league meetings against the Greens the Stones should have gone into this derby clash full of confidence, however, they looked well off the pace and lacked ambition and ideas, especially in a torrid second half.
Former Stone Lee O'Leary and James Busby grabbed the second half goals which condemned Stones to their third home Ryman Premier defeat in succession and saw them plummet to 11th in the table.
Things might have been different had whistle-happy referee Lee Collins awarded the hosts an early goal after a deflected shot appeared to cross the line before it was cleared, as Hendon suffered what would turn out to be a rare shaky moment.
Dave Diedhiou produced a fine tackle to deny Callum Martin a shot on goal before James Gray headed straight at Berkley Laurencin. Dean and Anthony Thomas fired warning shots at Sean Thomas before Marvin McCoy's lung-busting run and shot brought a decent save from Laurencin in the last meaningful action of an even half.
It was a different story after the break, however, with Gary McCann's side full of running on a surface that resembled a ploughed field.
The breakthrough arrived on the hour - after McCoy had surrendered possession all too easily O'Leary played a neat one-two with Casey Maclaren and picked his spot past Thomas from 25 yards.
Stones boss Bartlett rang the changes with Charlie Mpi, Reece Yorke and Mark E'Beyer replacing Adam Logie, Dean Smith and Ryan Ashe respectively, but it failed to shake the hosts out of their coma as passes continued to go astray.
Hendon got the crucial second goal when Callum Martin clumsily bundled over Peter Dean in the box, and Busby tucked away the penalty. It was no less than they deserved. The same can be said of the lacklustre hosts who, on this showing, can forget the play-offs.