City got off to a flyer, edging in front with just two minutes played when Oliver Shenton cracked home from a central position when getting on the end of a left-wing cross from Josh Tymon.

Boro hit back well and shortly after Tyrone O’Neill was thwarted by Nathan Collins, Daniel Gyollai was forced into a full-length save by Dan Ward.

City went close when Tyrese Campbell headed over from a Dan Jarvis cross, but it was Boro who were next on the scoresheet when Tyrone O’Neill rose to head home in good style from a left-wing cross delivered by Patrick Reading with 37 minutes played.

The young Potters made a bright start to the second half, Tymon and Shenton again the architects of torment, both going close.

Krisztofer Szereto then set up Gabriel Kyeremateng (on at half-time for Campbell), while Burns continued to look lively for us and Daniel Dodds had plenty reason to be quite satisfied on this his first game at this level.

It was a second half that was quite bitty, a little scrappy in places and one that did not render many clear-cut chances.

Overall, though, a very young all-English Boro squad (Stoke had five different nationalities in theirs) can we well pleased with their evening’s work.

It’s now one of each this season, one won, one defeat and one draw.

The team are next in action this coming Sunday, September 2, when they take on Aston Villa at the Riverside. Kick-off is 2pm.

Teams

City Gyollai; Pemberton, Tymon, Sorensen (Waddington 83), Collins, Wara, Szereto (Twyford 78), Dunwoody (Capt), Campbell (Kyeremateng 46), Shenton, Jarvis. Subs: Deczki (gk); Butler.

Boro James; Dodds, Reading, Liddle (K Spence 60), Stubbs (Capt.), Dale, Ward, Malley, O’Neill, McGill, Wearne. Subs: Brynn (gk); Fletcher, Hood.

Referee Garreth Rhodes

Yellow Cards
Boro Ward 89, foul
City Wara 82, foul