Boro recorded a comprehensive win over Tavistock AFC in the middle match of this week’s stay in the south west.
Duncan Watmore and Hayden Coulson each grabbed doubles against the Devonshire club, with Uche Ikpeazu also on target in a first half spell that proved too much for the hosts. Lewis Wing and Chuba Akpom added six and seven in the second period in what was another useful pre-season exercise.
Neil Warnock’s side set their stall out early, and Ikpeazu was unlucky not to open the scoring inside five minutes when he received the ball with his back to goal, turned, and rattled the crossbar.
Boro were not denied for long, though, as a defensive slip allowed Watmore in behind, the forward finishing well at the near post.
Ikpeazu came knocking again with two headers that weren’t far off target, and Watmore saw a strong appeal for a penalty turned away when he went down in a tangle of legs.
The lead was doubled on the half-hour mark, Hayden Coulson drifting in from the left, playing a tidy one-two with Watmore before rolling in with his right foot.
Coulson turned provider a few minutes later, cutting the ball across goal and leaving Ikpeazu with the simplest of finishes.
And Watmore had a second to his name just three more minutes after that, allowing the ball to drop over his shoulder before drilling below the Lambs keeper.
Boro had a fifth before the interval, with Coulson pulling off a lovely piece of improvisation to flick the ball between two opponents before slotting home.
It could easily have been six ahead of , Ikpeazu again denied by the woodwork when his left-footed shot came back off the foot of the upright.
A more youthful Boro emerged for the second half, with Jack Robinson, Connor Malley, Isaiah Jones and Jeremy Sivi all introduced, as well as Chuba Akpom and Lee Peltier. Sol Brynn and Hayden Hackney would too join the fray just after an hour as Warnock shared the minutes around.
The Teessiders continued to dominate, Chuba Akpom seeing a shot cleared away from under the crossbar having shown smart feet in the Tavistock box.
The deficit was increased to six with 15 minutes remaining, Hackney dancing this way and that on the right flank before delivering a low cross which was converted by Wing.
The Boro fans were in full chorus by the time Akpom added goal number seven, the striker hitting a shot off the post but on hand to volley home when the rebound fell his way.