After a six-goal victory over Sunderland on Monday - in which Fletcher had bagged a hat-trick - Graeme Lee’s youngsters capped a perfect week with a win in their first match at Bishop Auckland’s Heritage Park this season.

The visiting Clarets started well, Anthony Gomez sending an early sight-setter just over Sol Brynn’s goal, and Nejai Tucker delivering a devilish corner which somehow squirmed wide by virtue of a teammate.

Tucker then went closer still, his arrowed free-kick thundering down off the crossbar before being scrambled away.

Boro grew into the contest as the first half wore on, Rumarn Burrell getting wrong side of his marker to connect with right-back Dodds’ low cross, visiting keeper Marc Ritcher on alert to smother the danger. 

Sam Folarin, whose pace caused problems throughout, then sprinted clear and was sent crashing to the floor in the penalty area, but bizarrely it was the Boro man who was penalised by referee Paul Marsden.

Hayden Hackney dragged on narrowly wide at the end of another Boro breakaway, and Ritcher was called into action again to deny Burrell from close quarters when he pinched possession high up the field.

Folarin continued to threaten as the second half got underway, latching onto Isaac Fletcher’s slide rule pass and driving forward before bending just the wrong side of the post from a tight angle.

Minutes later, Daniel Dodds made the breakthrough for Boro. Wearing the captain’s armband, Dodds capitalised on some slack Clarets passing on the corner of their own area, stealing possession and charging into the box before hitting a shot that proved too powerful for the opposing stopper.

Dodds almost added an assist to his afternoon’s work soon after, his cross from the right flank finding Folarin, who sliced up and over the crossbar under pressure.

By now Boro were in the mood, and the lead was doubled when Hackney curled in a free-kick from Boro’s right, which Isaac Fletcher rose to meet with a looping header. 

Rumarn Burrell could then have added a third from a nearly identical set-play, but this time the header from Hackney’s cross cleared the crossbar.

Midfielder Hackney saw his own chance to get on the scoresheet when Isaiah Jones raced to keep the ball in play, pulling it back towards the penalty spot, but his shot was flicked wide. 

Hackney was back to turning provider, though, as Boro increased the advantage, his floated corner allowing Cain Sykes to ghost around the back and plant home another header.

Burrell, full of running throughout, forced another one-on-one stop from Ritcher having been found by Isiah Cornet, and that proved the last chance as Boro moved up to second in the PL2 Division Two table.