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Cheltenham mascot goes viral after ‘trying to injure the Exeter keeper’ before kick off

A young Cheltenham Town mascot goes viral after ‘trying to injure the Exeter keeper’ before kick off on Bank Holiday Monday.

Footage was uploaded of amusing moment emerged on social media and has since gone on to get over 2,500 likes and nearly 300,000 views within a few days.

After players shook hands, the mascots made their way across the pitch with the Cheltenham players, but when doing so, one kid tries to stop himself from being clattered by the oncoming Exeter keeper Viljami Sinisalo who was running to his goal.

As the child tries to hold himself back, his leg comes out and almost trips up the Exeter goalkeeper, with Cheltenham players then making sure the kid was alright, but helping him up and carried on running across the pitch.

A short clip, but so worth the watch…

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The game itself saw Exeter come from behind to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory against Cheltenham, who are fighting against relegation in League One.

Ben Williams scored the opening goal for the home team in the 51st minute, but Luke Harris levelled the scoreline just five minutes later.

The winning goal was scored by Reece Cole from a penalty kick in the dying moments of the game to leave Exeter 15th in League One with 51 points, 12 points above the drop zone while Cheltenham are 22nd with 38 points from 39 games, two points from safety.

Exeter City: Sinisalo (GK), Niskanen, Sweeney (C), Aimson, Hartridge, Wildschut (Harper 58’), Woods, Carroll (Diabate 90+4’), Aitchison (Cole 78’), Harris, Eisa (Cox 58’). 

Unused Subs: Macdonald, Rankine, Alli. 

Cheltenham Town: Southwood (GK), Long, Smith, Freestone, Kinsella, Sercombe, Keena, Ferry, Nuttall, Davies, Pett. 

Subs: Williams, Shepherd, Olayinka, Pardington, Bonds, Harrop, Thomas. 

Referee: Stephen Martin. 

Attendance: 5,657 (1522 away). 

Exeter boss Gary Caldwell said: “The players were outstanding after going a goal down and then coming back to win.

“The players worked it out in the end and scored a fantastic first goal.

“At half-time I thought that if it was a boxing match it would’ve been stopped.

“It’s three big points away from home. We now have five huge games and we’ll need everyone.

“The fans never stopped singing. It was great to hear them singing songs for different players and they got their reward.”

Caldwell added: “Reece had a back problem and didn’t train yesterday. He took a lot of pain killers and still barely made the bench.

“I’m not someone who designates a penalty taker. I believe if someone feels confident enough, they should take it.

“You wouldn’t want anyone else other than Reece to score an unstoppable penalty in the bottom corner.”

Cheltenham boss Darrell Clarke took issue with some of the decisions that went against his team.

“I am not going to say a lot about the officials, but I’ve let my feelings be known on his performance,” Clarke said.

“What can the lad do if the ball is blasted against him from three yards away? It’s a ridiculous decision and I don’t get it.

“It’s just not acceptable to put in a performance like that and I am very, very disappointed for my boys.

“It was a good response in the second half after we changed things tactically and we looked a much better team in the second half so we are disappointed to come away with nothing.”


Twitter users were left amused as the Cheltenham mascot goes viral after ‘trying to injure the Exeter keeper’ before kick off…

@xndyhtfc: How the ref hasn’t blown for a foul there I have no idea. Utter disgrace

@ShawnHa47487632: Legend

@Mlabus5: Surprised the corrupt Stephen Martin didn’t send the six year old off.

@Posh089: Good he’s a prat. Full on actor when he came to posh the other week

@AndrewCalum: I by no means condone this. But if your child is the mascot this weekend, it would be a shame if they saw this…

@KC1_GK: Fair play to the keep he saw an opportunity and tried to take it 😂😂

@Scottygarbs: A lot of time for this 😂😂

@joelcarrick: Proper supporter. 100% knew what he was doing! That kid going places!

@keeganmiddleton: Go on the lad 😂😂

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