Pre Season stepped up a gear at Priory Lane with the arrival of league opposition in the shape of a strong AFC Wimbledon
The visitors contained several well known names to Boro regulars, Curtis Osano, Stacy Long, Luke Moore and Jack Midson are all players that have visited The Lane with successful teams in the recent past.
A decent 601 made their way in the summer sunshine, snubbing the firts day of the Olympics for a high profile workout. The visitors were playing some decent football in the opening exchanges but the new look Boro rearguard were taking all in their stride, only a half block cannoning off Ollie Rowe and onto Danny Potters post causing dismay on the home terrace. To be fair the home side created little opportunity with the visitors keeping the ball but carrying little threat.
The 2nd 45 saw the usual swathe of substitutions by the visitors, Tommy Widdrington appearing to take a more structured approach with just four, the first of which was Darren Baker replacing Sam Cole at left back during the break. This second period was also much better for Boro as an attacking force, the whole game now a more even affair. Potter was forced into action on 66 minutes with a save from Jack Midson.
Boro's first serious test of the Wimbledon keeper came from an surprising source. Just seconds after coming on upfront Matt Turpin drove a left foot shot across the face of the goal. Ethan Strevett drove a rising shot just wide of the post from distance but the game ended with no score but again many encouraging signs from the evolving squad.
Boro: Potter, Hamilton, Uddin, Rowe, Cole, Storey, Gorman, Johnson, Walker, Ajala, Morgan. Subs Used: Baker, Strevett, Hart, Turpin, Lok. Unused Subs: Jordan, MacFarlane, Gilbert