Paul Stephenson's side begin by facing Bishop Auckland at Heritage Park (July 14), a familiar venue for our youngsters who play the majority of their home PL2 fixtures there.

That's followed by a trip to Gateshead-based Dunston UTS (July 17) - Northern League Cup winners in 2018 - and an away match at National League North side Darlington.

Next up, Boro's Under-23s contest the Whitby Town Challenge Cup, first playing Sheffield United (July 25) before facing either Whitby or Hull City in the resulting third-placed play-off or final (July 28).

Finally, we welcome York City to Rockliffe Park (July 31).

The full fixture list is as follows:

Saturday July 14 vs Bishop Auckland (A) kick-off 1pm

Tuesday July 17 vs Dunston UTS (A) kick-off 7.30pm

Saturday July 21 vs Darlington (A) kick-off 1pm

Wednesday July 25 vs Sheffield United (Whitby Town Challenge Cup) kick-off 7.30pm

Saturday July 28 vs Whitby Town / Hull City (Whitby Town Challenge Cup) kick-off 1.30pm / 5pm

Tuesday July 31 vs York City (Rockliffe Park) kick-off 1pm