It took new signing Uche Ikpeazu less than 10 minutes to announce his arrival as a Boro player in the first friendly of the summer at Bishop Auckland.
The former Wycombe marksman scored a terrific opening goal as Neil Warnock’s side beat their Northern League opponents, Djed Spence adding a second and Jeremy Sivi finishing the scoring with a fine volley.
Boro looked resplendent in the all-new green away kit on what was a stunning evening at Heritage Park. With almost 1,000 fans inside the ground and the sun beating down, Warnock couldn’t have wished for a better way to start the summer games programme.
The Boro boss even did an impromptu walk around the the pitch before the game to meet young fans and pose for socially distanced photographs.
And it took just nine minutes for the fans to have something to cheer when Ikpeazu smashed the ball home from distance despite the best efforts of the Bishop Auckland goalkeeper to keep it out.
Warnock would opt to field two 45-minute teams and the first half side had the ball in the net twice more – but both efforts were ruled out by an offside flag.
The first was when Duncan Watmore ghosted in to head home an Anfernee Dijksteel cross and the second was another Watmore header, this time from a Hayden Coulson delivery.
Coulson himself went close with a decent strike, after great work by Ikpeazu, and Marcus Tavernier also curled a shot wide as Boro dominated the opening 45 minutes.
The second half started with Chuba Akpom rattling the woodwork after a good cross from Jeremy Sivi while both Malik Dijksteel and Calum Kavanagh warmed the hands of the home goalkeeper with low strikes.
Akpom went close again, curling a shot just wide, after being released on the halfway line.
The second goal came 15 minutes from time when Djed Spence found space down the right and his low strike left the keeper with no chance, going in off the inside of the post.
And the result was sealed moments from the end when Sivi volleyed home Josh Marshall's cross in impressive style
Boro (first half): Lumley, A Dijksteel, Fry, Hall, Coulson, McNair, Morsy, Tavernier, Bahamboula, Ikpeazu, Watmore.
Boro (second half): James, Spence, Peltier, Wood, Marshall, Wing, Willis, M Dijksteel, Sivi, Akpom, Kavanagh.
Unused subs: Gitau, Gibson.