A young Boro side under the stewardship of Under-23s Lead Coach Graeme Lee and first team coach Leo Percovich included a few senior faces, with Adam Clayton and Marvin Johnson in the starting line-up at Heritage Park and captain George Friend making his first appearance of pre-season.

It was two of the younger players who combined for Boro's opener, Ben Liddle dispatching from the penalty spot after Connor Malley was tripped in the opposing area. 

Malley then got on the scoresheet himself, dispatching from a tight angle following more nimble footwork in Bishops' box.

Boro's third was also from the penalty spot, this time Rumarn Burrell doing the business after he had spun his marker and drawn the foul. 

It was four for the Teessiders before the break, Marvin Johnson firing high into the roof of the net from Ben Liddle's low cross.

Burrell could have had a brace before his half-time withdrawal, but for the hand of Bishops goalkeeper Tom Flynn, who tipped the forward's header onto the crossbar before his defence scrambled clear.

A brief summer downpour was well-timed for the interval, before Boro emerged with a few new faces in the team. 

One of those was Sam Folarin, who first struck the woodwork with a curling effort before adding his name to the scoresheet minutes later, converting Johnson's ball into the area from close range.

Johnson almost had a second, his deft goal-bound effort cleared from the line, before one of three trialists in action for Boro over the course of the afternoon did add a sixth with a bending strike.

Bishop Auckland pulled one back almost immediately, with substitute Jordan Lee scrambling in from inside Boro's box.

Boro made it seven, fittingly in the 77th minute, when Hayden Coulson raced clear and his shot squirmed under Flynn in the Bishops goal.

Bishop Auckland: Flynn, Morris, Munro, Winn, Potter, Lawrence, Fryatt (Short 68), Robinson (Lee 56), Tumilty (Carling 46), Johnson (McLean 68), Fairley (Nixon 46)

Boro: Pears, Hood (Trialist 46), Stubbs, Friend (Trialist 60), Coulson, Clayton, Malley, Liddle, Trialist (Robinson 64), Johnson, Burrell (Folarin 46)

Referee: S Ross