Newport goalkeeper Tom King scores from his own goal kick vs Cheltenham

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Newport goalkeeper Tom King sensationally scored from his own goal kick during their 1-1 draw with Cheltenham on Tuesday night.

King, 25, launched the ball all the way towards the edge of Cheltenham’s penalty area with the score locked at 0-0 after 12 minutes.

And his long-range punt downfield was picked up by the wind, meaning the ball bounced over opposite number Josh Griffiths and into the back of the net.

Newport players immediately sprinted back to celebrate the extraordinary goal with their shot-stopper, who still seemed to be processing what had just happened while retreating back to his goal-line.

Nevertheless, unfortunately for King his freak strike did not prove the winner, as deep into first-half stoppage time Matty Blair turned in the equaliser.

After the game Newport’s No.1 revealed he actually apologised to Newport counterpart Griffiths for leaving him red-faced.

“The lads were asking why I didn’t celebrate, but it’s the Goalkeepers’ Union and I even apologised to [Griffiths] after the game,” he said.

“I said sorry and if it was the other way around I’d like to think that he’d say sorry to me!

“The wind was very swirly but the bounce was unbelievably lucky – I nearly had one against me when we played Morecambe at home last year, when I only just managed to dig it out. I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end.

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“It felt weird, I didn’t know how to react. The boys were saying that I should have sprinted down to the other corner for a celebration.”

King was included in Wales’ international squad for the first time back in November 2019 after impressing manager Ryan Giggs.

He had only joined Newport five months before that maiden call up following a five-year spell at Millwall which included various loan stints elsewhere.

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