Newport keeper Tom King scores from stunning goal kick in draw with Cheltenham

Newport County keeper Tom King scored directly from a goal kick before promotion rivals Cheltenham hit back to earn a 1-1 draw at the Jonny-Rocks Stadium.

The Welsh side took the lead in bizarre circumstances as King's wind-assisted kick bounced on the edge of the Cheltenham box before looping over a helpless Josh Griffiths in the Robins' goal.

While the rest of the Newport players celebrated, King apologised to his counterpart.

"It's an unspoken 'goalkeeper's union' where we all speak before games, we speak after games, we all cross each other's paths at some point.

"We're an individual in a team sport, so I made sure that my apology was well known.

"I wasn't trying to purposely do it."

The stunned 26-year-old goalkeeper says he now hopes to become a Guinness World Record holder after suggesting he might go back to the pitch and measure how far the ball travelled.

King said: "It's one of those moments that you'll look back on in 10, 15 years time."

Matty Blair's equaliser for the home side in first-half stoppage time denied Newport the chance to move back to the top of League Two and kept Michael Duff's Robins in touch with the frontrunners.