Boro's Under-23s began their competitive season with a 2-2 draw up at Newcastle United on Friday afternoon.
Our north east neighbours were hosts at Darsley Park as Graeme Lee's Boro side began their league campaign with a share of the spoils.
The Teessiders went ahead in the first half, midfielder Ben Liddle - who hit eight goals in nine PL2 games before his January loan move to Scunthorpe United last season - opening his account for 2020/21 from the penalty spot with 11 minutes played.
The Magpies then equalised on 34 minutes as Niall Brookwell beat Zach Hemming, and took the lead with five minutes of the first half to play through Elliot Anderson.
But Isaiah Jones levelled things up for Boro just after the hour mark to ensure a point on the Boro youngsters' travels.