The Teessiders hit the woodwork with what proved the biggest chance in a keenly-contested first half.

But It was the Rams who would take the lead in the second half, captain Eiran Cashin heading in just before the hour mark. 

County’s lead was doubled a little over ten minutes later thanks to another corner, Jack Stretton hitting home a half-volley. 

Mark Tinkler’s side will now look to next week’s trip to Blackburn Rovers for a first win since resuming after the festive break.

Rovers are a place above Boro in the U18 Premier League, with fellow north east sides Newcastle and Sunderland below us in the table.

Boro: Flatters, Gibson, Marshall, Beals (Kavanagh), Hannah, Sykes, Cornet, Waites (Stott), Balde, Green, Reed. Unused subs:  Metcalfe, John, Lindo, Stott

Derby: Foster, Bardell, Charles, Matthews, Rutt, Cashin, Thompson (Willis), Aghatiste (Cybulski), Stretton, Rogers, Wilson (Grewal-Pollard). Unused subs: Halwax, Jinkinson