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Newport keeper King scores from goal-kick

Published on: 19 January 2021

Tom King's goal was the first from a goalkeeper in the EFL since Barry Roche for Morecambe against Portsmouth in February 2016

Newport County goalkeeper Tom King scored the first goal of his career to give the Exiles the lead at Cheltenham Town.

The 25-year-old's goal-kick was picked up in the wind before Robins goalkeeper Josh Griffiths was caught out by the bounce as the ball sailed into the net.

Newport players ran all the way back into their own penalty area to celebrate with King, who was included in Wales' international squad for the first time in November 2019.

Stunned by the goal the Cheltenham players appeared to appeal to officials, but after a quick discussion between the referee Peter Wright and the fourth official the goal was given.

King was then forced into more familiar action, as he denied Alfie May and Finn Azaz at the other end of the pitch.

But the County goalkeeper could not prevent Matty Blair from levelling the score late in the first half from a tight angle.

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Formation 3-5-2


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Referee:Peter WrightMatch StatsHome TeamCheltenhamAway TeamNewportPossessionHome57%Away43%ShotsHome14Away7Shots on TargetHome3Away1CornersHome4Away3FoulsHome9Away4Live Text84'Substitution

Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Williams replaces Finn Azaz.

81'Post update

Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matty Blair.


Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces George Lloyd.

75'Post update

Attempt missed. Ellis Chapman (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Finn Azaz following a set piece situation.

74'Post update

Charlie Raglan (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74'Post update

Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

70'Post update

Chris Clements (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70'Post update

Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).


Substitution, Newport County. Owen Windsor replaces Jake Scrimshaw.


Substitution, Newport County. Ryan Taylor replaces Padraig Amond.


Substitution, Newport County. Tristan Abrahams replaces Robbie Willmott.

66'Post update

Foul by William Boyle (Cheltenham Town).

66'Post update

Joss Labadie (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66'Post update

Attempt missed. George Lloyd (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ellis Chapman with a cross.

65'Post update

Hand ball by Jake Scrimshaw (Newport County).


Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64'Post update

Foul by Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town).

64'Post update

Jake Scrimshaw (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60'Post update

Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by David Longe-King.

58'Post update

Foul by Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town).

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