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Dartford right-back Tom Gardiner happy to fill in at centre-back against Maidenhead

By Matthew Panting

Dartford defender Tom Gardiner took their latest defensive reshuffle in his stride.

An injury to Keaton Wood meant Gardiner was forced to move to centre-back just 15 minutes into their goalless draw with National League South leaders Maidenhead on Saturday.

Danny Harris again filled in at right-back but the Darts still produced an accomplished defensive display.

Darts defender Tom Gardiner. Picture Andy Payton

Darts defender Tom Gardiner. Picture: Andy Payton

“It’s happened a couple of times already this season,” said Gardiner. “We had to change the formation a little bit and be organised but the lads stuck to it and did our jobs well.

“I’m comfortable in both positions, I’ve played them both quite a lot so it’s not a problem.”

It was important for Dartford to bounce back from their Bank Holiday reverse at Hampton and Gardiner revealed that was the message in manager Tony Burman’s pre-match team-talk.

“That was the main thing from the gaffer,” added Gardiner. “We had our heads on it and got a result.

“That’s our main aim when we start the game, we go out there (as defenders) to try and get a clean sheet. I thought we were unfortunate not to get a winner but maybe a draw was a fair result.

“We move on to Tuesday (against Welling). It will be a good game, it’s always tough but we’ll dig deep and go again.”

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