Substitute Calum Kavanagh, an U16, was the man on target in the third minute of stoppage time to secure our youngsters a point at Newcastle United.

The free-scoring form shown by our youngsters in pre-season continued in some style and after 22 minutes Joe Gibson had already struck twice – and although the home side pulled one back on the half-hour, Boro could have had a greater advantage by the interval.

Newcastle started the second half on the front foot, though, and it was 3-2 before the hour.

But a deserved point was secured when Kavanagh made it 3-3 late on just minutes after coming on as a sub.

Boro: Flatters, Essien, Stephenson, Reed (Kavanagh 82), Wilson, Nelson, Gibson, Sykes, Coburn (Willis 50), Cornet (Waites 50), Balde.