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Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Exeter City

Former Forest Green goalkeeper Jonny Maxted's masterclass helped second-placed Exeter City start the new decade with a 1-0 League Two win 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 and Law slalomed through a statuesque defence to watch his deflected strike clip the top of the bar.

But the hosts were handed a numerical advantage when Atangana was sent off just 60 seconds into the second period.

They then got awarded a penalty when Jack Aitchison was floored by Aaron Martin, but Maxted spared his blushes to repel Liam Shephard's 57th-minute spotkick.

Maxted continued to prove inspired as he denied Carl Winchester and then superbly gloved a point-blank Junior Mondal strike wide.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 1Smith
  • 6Rawson
  • 5MillsBooked at 44minsSubstituted forFrearat 45'minutes
  • 20KitchingBooked at 71mins
  • 2ShephardBooked at 37mins
  • 14Adams
  • 7Winchester
  • 19McGinley
  • 18DawsonSubstituted forCovilat 81'minutes
  • 25Mondal
  • 9StevensSubstituted forAitchisonat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Bernard
  • 15Morton
  • 17Frear
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 24Thomas
  • 29Aitchison
  • 41Covil

Exeter

  • 23Maxted
  • 2Sweeney
  • 5Martin
  • 15Parkes
  • 11WilliamsBooked at 71mins
  • 27CollinsBooked at 81mins
  • 4AtanganaBooked at 46mins
  • 20Richardson
  • 8LawSubstituted forTillsonat 88'minutes
  • 12Bowman
  • 7MartinSubstituted forTaylorat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ward
  • 6Tillson
  • 14Ajose
  • 16Warren
  • 17Jay
  • 25Taylor
  • 35Seymour
Referee:
Lee Swabey
Attendance:
3,012

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamExeter
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home19
Away2
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home8
Away6
Fouls
Home7
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Exeter City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Exeter City 1.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nathan McGinley.

Vaughn Covil (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Archie Collins (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Liam Shephard with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jon Maxted.

Attempt saved. Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Liam Shephard with a headed pass.

Attempt blocked. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vaughn Covil.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jordan Tillson replaces Nicky Law.

Attempt blocked. Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Vaughn Covil.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Vaughn Covil replaces Kevin Dawson.

Booking

Archie Collins (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Archie Collins (Exeter City) has gone down, but the referee deems it simulation.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Carl Winchester.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Nathan McGinley.

Foul by Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers).

Archie Collins (Exeter City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Aitchison.

Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Booking

Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Randell Williams (Exeter City) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Exeter City. Conceded by Farrend Rawson.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jon Maxted.

Attempt saved. Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ebou Adams.

Attempt saved. Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Shephard.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Jayden Richardson.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Randell Williams.

Attempt blocked. Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ebou Adams.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Pierce Sweeney.

Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Bowman (Exeter City).

Attempt missed. Junior Mondal (Forest Green Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Aitchison.

Foul by Jack Aitchison (Forest Green Rovers).

Pierce Sweeney (Exeter City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Exeter City. Jake Taylor replaces Lee Martin.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon25154645271849
2Exeter2513843527847
3Crewe24135646291744
4Bradford24127531191243
5Forest Green2511772719840
6Colchester24109535231239
7Northampton2511683428639
8Cheltenham24911435201538
9Plymouth2311573425938
10Port Vale2581163231135
11Salford258893134-332
12Scunthorpe2587103333031
13Cambridge2587103030031
14Newport237972121030
15Walsall2586112332-930
16Crawley2561093235-328
17Mansfield2569103337-427
18Grimsby236892328-526
19Leyton Orient2568113242-1026
20Oldham2468102537-1226
21Carlisle2567122340-1725
22Macclesfield2351172226-420
23Morecambe2546152044-2418
24Stevenage24211111530-1517
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