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Cup heroics were a dream: Maxted

20 January 2018

New Stanley goalkeeper Jonny Maxted says that his FA Cup penalty shootout heroics against the Reds will stay with him forever.

After making his move to the Wham Stadium from Guiseley yesterday, Maxted spoke about that night in November, when the non-league side knocked his new club out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage.

The keeper starred in the 0-0 at Nethermoor Park before saving two penalties in the Wham Stadium replay.

The 25-year-old stopped spot-kicks from Billy Kee and Scott Brown, sending the National League side through to the next round.

Maxted joked that his new teammates reminded him about the saves on his first day at the club, but now the goalkeeper is fully focused on the fight for promotion from League Two.

"I can remember it like it was yesterday, I'm not going to lie," he said. "It was one of those nights that will stick with me forever.

"It was my first ever FA Cup appearance and we knocked out Accrington Stanley, one of those, 'non-league beats league club', that everyone associates with the FA Cup.

"To make the two important saves in the shootout, made it even better.

"As soon as I walked through the changing room door ahead of my first training session, there was a bit of banter about me knocking them out of the FA Cup. They're a great bunch of lads and I already feel like I've been here for ages.

"The manager wants promotion, he's already made that clear, I'm here to play my part in that. From the first few training sessions you can see that winning mentality is amongst everyone."

Stanley striker Kee has been in fine form this season, but was denied by Maxted that night, and it's still the only penalty he's failed to convert this season.

"I did hear afterwards that it was the first penalty that Billy had saved for a long time," he added.

"Obviously I watched his videos prior to the replay and I managed to dive the right way, I did my homework and it paid off. I tried not to say anything to him on my first day!"


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