Jonny Maxted denies former club as Nigel Atangana downs Forest Green



Posted Thursday, January 02, 2020 by PA

Jonny Maxted denies former club as Nigel Atangana downs Forest Green

Former Forest Green goalkeeper Jonny Maxted’s masterclass helped second-place Exeter start the new decade with a 1-0 Sky Bet League Two victory to  underpin their automatic promotion hopes.

Maxted kept Rovers at bay, saving Liam Shephard’s second-half penalty as the 10 men of Exeter shut the door after Nigel Atangana, who had given the Grecians a first-half lead, was sent off in the opening minutes of the second-half for a lunge on Kevin Dawson.

Atangana handed the Grecians the lead after five minutes – picking his spot from outside the box after the all-action Nicky Law had teed him up, the former Cheltenham midfielder placing his shot beyond the flat-footed Adam Smith with unnerving precision.

Rovers were on the ropes – Law slalomed through a statuesque defence to watch his deflected strike clip the top of the bar.

Rovers were handed a numerical advantage with Atangana off just 60 seconds into the second period and they were handed a penalty when Jack Aitchison was floored by Aaron Martin, but Maxted spared his blushes to repel Liam Shephard’s 57th-minute kick.

Maxted was inspired as he denied Carl Winchester and then superbly gloved a point-blank Junior Mondal strike wide of the goal.

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