FORMER Newport County AFC star Ben Tozer is looking forward to a reunion with his old teammates tomorrow but he’s determined to secure victory for new club Cheltenham Town.

Tozer made 76 appearances in two seasons at County, mostly in midfield, before rejecting a new deal to join the Robins on a two-year deal in the summer.

The 28-year-old is now playing at the heart of a three-man Cheltenham defence, which has kept four successive clean sheets, and he’s aiming to frustrate the Exiles this weekend.

“We’ve done well in the last five or six games so we go in with a bit of confidence, which stands us in good stead,” said Tozer.

“I’d say everything is coming together. The gaffer has managed to bed himself in a little bit now and his philosophies are starting to come into play.

“He’s switched the formation and it’s a bit more like square pegs in square holes now. I think that helps.”

Tozer is playing between Jordon Forster and Will Boyle in the back three and the switch to 3-4-1-2 formation has seen Cheltenham climb out of the League Two relegation zone and progress in the FA Cup and Checkatrade Trophy in recent weeks.

“I’m enjoying it,” he said. “I’ve always had belief in myself to come in and do what I know I can do.

“It’s taken however long to prove that but thankfully it’s paid off.

“I started out at centre-back and the formation seems to suit [the team] so it’s all going hand in hand.

“It’s a good balance having a left-footer on the left and a right-footer on the right and myself in the middle, not bad on both feet.

“I think that balance definitely helps and they are two solid defenders as well.

“We’re proud to get the clean sheets and four on the bounce is brilliant.

“But it’s all good doing that, we’ve got to carry on doing it.”

And Tozer is well aware that third-placed County will be a tough nut to crack for a side who have yet to win at home in the league this season.

“They’re in good form as well, they’ve had a good season and they’re doing well,” he said.

“It’ll be good to see some familiar faces and it’s good to see them doing well.

“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the lads there and all the staff there.

“But it’s another must-win for us. We can’t afford to turn up and think we’ve kind of achieved something when we haven’t.

“We’ve got to back up last week’s win [at fellow strugglers Notts County] with another good result.

“So it’ll be good to see them but, ultimately, we’re there to do a job for ourselves.

“We’ve got to look up and not down and try to close that gap [to the teams above us].”

Tozer’s long throw is a weapon that his former club are well aware of and Exiles boss Michael Flynn is ready for it.

“We’ve got to deal with it,” said Flynn. “We’ve got a long throw as well [with Mickey Demetriou] and it’s going to be even longer on that pitch because it’s quite narrow.

“Hopefully he throws it over the bar for a goal-kick!

“I got on really well with Ben,” he added. “He’s a good professional. We know he had his issues before but he was never a problem for me.

“He played in some big games for us last season and did well but he got offered a better deal closer to where he’s living so good luck to him.”