BEN TOZER’S throws have become a lethal weapon in Wrexham’s bid to be on the Football League promotion radar this season.

And Wrexham fans can look forward to seeing Tozer take Wembley by storm as his aerial assaults will provide Ollie Palmer and Paul Mullin with plenty of ammunition against Bromley in the FA Trophy final on Sunday.

They’ll be plenty of planes jetting over Wembley at the weekend but all eyes come 4.15 on Sunday afternoon will be honed in on Wrexham’s very-own rocket-launcher.

Tozer’s long-throw launchers have led to 12 goals for his team in a campaign where he has played every minute of every game since signing for a six-figure sum from Cheltenham Town in the summer.

He led the assists chart at Cheltenham as they lifted the League Two title 12 months ago and also caused problems for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side when the two teams met at Whaddon Road in the FA Cup.

And delving back even further, in the 2012/13 season at Northampton Town, his throw-ins lead to 14 goals for The Cobblers

But when exactly did the 32-year-old Plymouth-born centre half knew he had such a talent.

In an interview with The Athletic, Tozer revealed all, claiming that it was the Nigerian World Cup ream of 1998 that first inspired him.

“I always knew I had a big throw-in growing up,” he said.

“My brother is five years older than me and I have always been someone who watches someone and copies, and I remember watching on TV with him and you just pick up techniques.”

“It would be incredible the way they used their bodies to launch the ball forward,” says Tozer. “It has come from them. I practised when I was a kid the way they arch their back from a standing start.

“They used their whole body to carry that momentum into the throw. It is like a boxer, when they are throwing a punch it is not just with the arm, it is a whole-body movement into the shot.”

Tozer, who also spent time studying former Stoke City star Rory Delap’s long throw technique, added “It is about trying to out-think the opposition.

“If you send the first one near post, they may all take a step forward for the next one, so you throw it to the back post and over them.

“For a goalkeeper, if the first one loops in he may think he has time to judge it and catch it. Then the next one you fire in low and flat and he doesn’t know whether to come or not.”

Promotion is the priority at The Racecourse but Tozer is pleased to be playing on the big stage this weekend.

By finishing runners-up to National League champions Stockport, Wrexham have avoided an eliminator tie and begin the play-off campaign with a home semi-final game against Notts County or Grimsby a week on Saturday.

“It is quite a nice distraction having the cup final to look forward to,” said Tozer.

“I have never ever played in a cup final apart from when I was a kid. It meant everything then but there is a lot more riding on this.

“It is something we are looking forward to and we want to win.

“I think it is great we have got this game because if we didn’t, we would be waiting two weeks to play our play-off game.

“You don’t really want to switch off physically or mentally from games so it is important we have got this important game in between - it is almost like our first play-off game.”

Tozer heads to Wembley looking for his first win as a player at the iconic stadium at the third attempt.

The defender was in the Northampton Town side that was beaten 3-0 in the 2013 League Two play-off final by Bradford City, who were managed by Phil Parkinson, his current gaffer at The Racecourse.

Five years later and Tottenham Hotspur were the opponents when Tozer lined up for Newport County in an FA Cup fourth round replay in the capital, with the ‘home’ side winning 2-0 to avoid an upset.

“We all want to win at Wembley. It is the home of football and it is every kid’s dream to play at Wembley,” said Tozer.

“I have played there a couple of times and never won. They are not great memories so my next dream is to win at Wembley.

“My play-off appearance at Wembley was against the gaffer when I was at Northampton and he was Bradford manager.

“We don’t really like talking about that one! I have tried not to bring that up in conversation, he has a couple of times!

“I went there with Newport after we drew with Tottenham at our place in the FA Cup.

“It was literally shackles off and just go and enjoy yourself because we were never expected to win there.”

Tozer has since returned to Wembley as a supporter and there was another defeat as he was in the stands when England lost against Italy on a penalty shoot-out in last summer’s European Championship final.

“I was even there for the Euro final so it would be nice to win there and erase that memory,” added Tozer.