Our Under-23s beat a strong Hartlepool United side in a friendly at Rockliffe on Monday.

With an enforced break in league action due to the international weekend, Graeme Lee's squad were kept ticking over with a game against the National League hopefuls.

A strong wind ruined the contest as a spectacle, but Connor Malley scored early on to give Boro the lead after he broke from midfield before drilling the ball home.

Isaac Fletcher made it two after half-time when he followed up a Tyrone O'Neill effort to convert from close range.

There was still time for a familiar face at Rockliffe to mark his return to the pitches where he learnt his trade - our one-time youngest ever debutant Luke Williams scoring a late consolation for Pools.

Our U23s are not back in league action until Friday April 9 with a trip to Reading.