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Cheltenham Town 1-1 Newport County: Exiles keeper King scores in League Two draw

Tom King celebrates
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 as the Exiles drew 1-1 away 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.

In a less-eventful second half, Cheltenham's Ellis Chapman came closest to finding a winner when his free-kick grazed the top of the Newport crossbar.

But neither side were able to find a second goal, as Newport missed the opportunity to return to the top of League Two.

A point keeps Cheltenham in the play-off places in sixth, two points behind the automatic promotion places.

"It's the first goal I've scored at professional level, I'd like to say I saw him off his line but no," King told Radio 5 Live Sport.

"Luckily it went in, but we were looking for the three points tonight not just the one.

"It's taken a lot of people by surprise, I didn't even know how to celebrate really, and I apologised to the other goalkeeper [Josh Griffiths] after the game.

"It almost happened to me last season against Morecambe, it's not nice to be on the other end of it."

Line-ups

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

  • 20Griffiths
  • 5RaglanBooked at 56mins
  • 4TozerBooked at 64mins
  • 15Boyle
  • 11Blair
  • 18AzazSubstituted forWilliamsat 84'minutes
  • 7Thomas
  • 28Chapman
  • 3HusseySubstituted forClementsat 32'minutes
  • 10May
  • 19LloydSubstituted forAddaiat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Long
  • 6Bowry
  • 8Clements
  • 14Williams
  • 16Addai
  • 22Harris
  • 25Chamberlain

Newport

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1King
  • 15Longe-King
  • 8Dolan
  • 28Demetriou
  • 32Shephard
  • 7WillmottSubstituted forAbrahamsat 67'minutes
  • 4Labadie
  • 17Bennett
  • 3Haynes
  • 27ScrimshawSubstituted forWindsorat 67'minutes
  • 9AmondSubstituted forTaylorat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Baker
  • 11Abrahams
  • 21Collins
  • 24Evans
  • 26Windsor
  • 29Taylor
  • 30Townsend
Referee:
Peter Wright

Match Stats

Home TeamCheltenhamAway TeamNewport
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home18
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Newport County 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cheltenham Town 1, Newport County 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. William Boyle (Cheltenham Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town. Conceded by Scot Bennett.

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Alfie May (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Clements.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alfie May (Cheltenham Town).

  8. Post update

    Scot Bennett (Newport County) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Ben Tozer (Cheltenham Town).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Alex Addai (Cheltenham Town).

  12. Post update

    Matthew Dolan (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Andy Williams replaces Finn Azaz.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Matty Blair.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Cheltenham Town. Alex Addai replaces George Lloyd.

  16. 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.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Scot Bennett (Newport County).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Cambridge24125738231541
2Newport22117432221040
3Carlisle21123632201239
4Forest Green2310853022838
5Salford23107629171237
6Cheltenham2310763223937
7Leyton Orient2311393426836
8Morecambe2210572833-535
9Crawley229763428634
10Exeter2189441271433
11Tranmere229582627-132
12Walsall2471162932-332
13Colchester227962830-230
14Mansfield2361163130129
15Port Vale2485113334-129
16Oldham2384113641-528
17Bolton237792735-828
18Harrogate2275102226-426
19Bradford216692025-524
20Barrow2358103032-223
21Scunthorpe2372142234-1223
22Stevenage214981622-621
23Grimsby2456131940-2121
24Southend2355131535-2020
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