It's back to the action for Boro's Under-23s on Friday with Aston Villa visiting Heritage Park (7pm).

Graeme Lee's side opened up with a 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Monday in a game where Boro could have picked up a point at least.

Isaac Fletcher was the Boro goalscorer, but despite some good pressure an equaliser wasn't forthcoming.

Villa started their campaign last weekend with a 5-2 win against PL 2 newcomers Nottingham Forest. Trailing 2-0 after 25 minutes Villa ran in five without reply.

Admission is free to Season Card Holders or £3 on the gate.