Graeme Lee’s young side featured several youngsters who have been in Boro’s first team picture in recent weeks, and indeed could feature when the two clubs’ senior sides meet at the Riverside on Friday.

Isaiah Jones gave Boro the lead at Leek Town’s Harrison Park when he converted from close range with 24 minutes played.

But Stoke turned the match around with two goals in the space of seven first-half minutes, Julien Ngoy twice the provider and Tyrese Campbell bagging both goals.

Into the second half, and Boro drew level, Connor Malley heading in from Ben Liddle’s cross.

And the comeback was complete with six minutes to play when Jones’ cross/shot from wide on the right found its way past Blondy Nna Noukeuand in the Potters net.

A welcome win and the first in five league games, the three points moves Boro’s U23s level with Stoke in the PL2 Division 2 table.

The last in a run of six successive away trips, it is the final outing for Lee’s side in 2019, with Norwich next up at Heritage Park in early January.

Boro: Brynn, Dodds (Hood), Dale, Wood, Reading, Jones, Liddle, Hackney (Wearne), Malley, Walker, O’Neill (Burrell). Unused subs: Metcalfe, Robinson.