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Tom King scores the opening goal from a goal kick against Cheltenham

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Newport Goalkeeper Tom King had the biggest surprise of the League Two fixtures on Tuesday night when he scored the opening goal from a goal kick against Cheltenham.

King, 25, with his first-half shot bouncing once before looping over the head of scrambling Cheltenham stopper Josh Griffiths, took advantage of the blustery weather at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

This season, Griffiths is on loan from Premier League side West Brom, but the 19-year-old was left red-faced down the middle of the field by King’s wind-assisted run.

King’s heroics captured even Newport’s social media squad, tweeting: “GOALKEEPER TOM KING HAS JUST SCORED FROM HIS AREA… We don’t even have a GIF for him!”

After recently getting the nod over the club’s usual stopper, Nick Townsend, Welshman King was making just his third League Two appearance of the season.

Newport is bidding to win League One promotion and headed to the match level on points with table-toppers Carlisle on Tuesday.

With Matty Blair pulling one back for Cheltenham just before the break, the game ended 1-1. As a result, Newport sits second, with Wes Hoolohan’s Cambridge United rising into the top spot.

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