Young footballers from Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College, in Altrincham, have become national champions for the first time.

The girls under-14s team won the National Plate Sisters n Sport Competition with a stunning 7-1 victory against a team from St Ivo Academy, Huntingdonshire in the North versus South showdown in Repton, Derbyshire.

The competition started in February and as well as playing several home games, the BTH girls have travelled to Hull, Sheffield, County Durham, Wirral and back to Hull for the semi-finals.

In the final, Alyssia Upton scored a hat-trick, while captain Scarlett Fletcher picked up Player of the Match for her tireless effort in a centre-midfield role.

Chloe McLoughlin also deserves a mention after she scored a world-class goal from 30 yards out, lobbing the keeper - a strike which saw her pick up the Goal of the Tournament award.

The team are coached by PE teachers Miss Hodgin and Mrs Regan who are naturally proud of their squad.

Miss Hodgin said: “We are extremely proud of the girls.

“They have all been fantastic throughout the season and it is a first ever national achievement for Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College.”