If you thought Stevenage had a good season by getting promoted from League Two, then the girls of Samuel Lucas had an astronomically successful campaign.

The Hitchin junior and infants school won a total of four football trophies over the year.

The Comet: The girls' football team of Samuel Lucas School.The girls' football team of Samuel Lucas School. (Image: Samuel Lucas School)

It started back in November where the team were victorious in the Hitchin ESFA tournament, a result which led to a place in the county round in Watford in January. 

They missed out in place in the final on that occasion but the admirable performance meant the confidence was still high for future events and tournaments. 

One of those was the Wix Cup and they navigated themselves through the rounds of the Hitchin group, eventually coming out on top in the final against Highover School.

That meant a trip to the county finals, held earlier this month.

Before that though they warmed up with a trip across the road to Wilshere Dacre Junior School for the Hitchin District End of Season Rally.

The girls won 1-0 in a close final after four wins and a draw in the matches across the morning.

The Comet: Samuel Lucas School's all-conquering girls football team.Samuel Lucas School's all-conquering girls football team. (Image: Samuel Lucas School)

That put them in great stead to tackle the Wix Millenium Shield, held at Colney Heath Football Club's Recreation Ground.

A 2-0 defeat in the opening group game against St Mary’s of Baldock made for a tough start to the tournament but the girls bounced back with two fine victories.

First they won 4-1 against Radlett Prep with a hat-trick from Isabelle Kelly and one for Esmee Elders.

Kelly then scored all four as a 4-0 win against Skyswood put them into the final on top of the group, goal difference proving crucial.

The last match was against St Paul’s and there was little to choose between the two sides over the course of the contest, the match finishing 0-0 after extra time.

It all led to a penalty shoot-out but Kelly, Freya Zarka and Eva Hall-Bennett all held their nerve to secure a 3-1 win and the trophy.

Carl Smith, PE teacher at the school and manager said: "This group of girls have been nothing short of amazing this year.

"We have a few girls that play grassroots football locally and others that have started playing at school and shown the commitment and dedication to develop and improve.

"The bond they have formed as a group and their determination to succeed has been outstanding.

"They have been a joy to work with and I couldn’t be prouder of them."

Smith also went on the say that if they are anything to go by, then the women's game is in fine fettle, with numbers wanting to play rising all the time.

He said: "We have seen a big rise in participation in girls football across the school this year with over 40 girls across Key Stage 2 regularly attending footballs sessions.

"We hope this will continue to grow."