PETER Dean bagged a double for the second game running as Wealdstone claimed the derby bragging rights from 10-man Harrow on Tuesday night.
The Stones striker took his tally to 19 for the season as the visitors stretched their unbeaten league run to eight games against a Borough side unrecognisable from the dominant force of just a few weeks ago.
Harrow were missing the suspended Chris King and the injured Ryan Watts, absences which saw them forced to play Wayne Walters at left back, and had Danny Leech sent off early in the second half.
However, but for Nick Jupp and a goalline clearance from Tobi Jinadu, Wealdstone’s victory margin would have been greater.
The warning signs were out early when Jupp denied Dean from point-blank range following a cross from the right.
However, on 22 minutes the Borough keeper was left helpless by Dean from the spot after Borough were penalised for handball in a goalmouth scramble.
It was against the run of play when the hosts equalised on 36 minutes.
The impressive Kenta Nakashima found Rocky Baptiste in space and when he rolled the ball across the edge of the box, Dwayne Clarke’s shot hit Cronin, wrong-footing Jonathan North to nestle in the corner.
Just as it seemed Harrow were gaining control Wealdstone found themselves two against one at a counter-attack on the stroke of half-time and Dean slipped in Lee Chappell, who fired past Jupp.
Clarke went to hospital during the break with a rib injury and the hosts were two behind within five minutes of the restart.
Danny Spendlove’s cross just evaded Callum Martin and though Chappell fired wide, referee Tweed ruled Leech had pulled him back and brandished the red card.
Jupp saved Dean’s second penalty of the night, but Alex Dyer followed up to squeeze in the rebound.
As the floodgates threatened to open, Spendlove was sent clear by Martin and dinked his shot over Jupp only for Jinadu to get back and clear off the line.
Borough almost got back in it on 70 minutes as great skill by Nakashima released substitute Kurt Morlese but North stood up well to block the shot to safety.
However, it was a different story four minutes later when Nakashima’s free-kick floated in over the Stones keeper’s head after he misjudged the flight.
Borough applied late pressure in search of a leveller, but it was Stones who sealed it in the final minute of stoppage time as substitute Jerome Frederico led a three-on-one counter-attack, and though the cross evaded the studs of Kurtney Brooks, Dean arrived on cue at the far post to slide home.