A side from Hitchin Belles did their "hometown proud" after reaching the final of a national tournament - one of the largest in the UK.

The U12 Blues travelled to the Butlins holiday park in Bognor Regis for the multi age-group event, one of more than 400 teams to do so.

Held over two days, the Belles managed to top their group and progress to the semi-final.

Things got even better as a 2-0 win booked their slot in the final but unfortunately it was not to be and the brave Belles had to settle for runners-up.

However, despite the disappointment, they were still thrilled with the huge achievement, considering they have only been competing in the Herts league for two seasons.

Dean White and David Burston, the coaches of the U12 Blues, said: "This was the first time the team had been away for a tournament and we've never competed in something on this scale before.

"We had no idea what to expect but we were determined to do Hitchin proud at a national event.

"The overall standard was high, but the girls worked their socks off and played some stunning football.

"They are a lovely group of kids and we couldn't be prouder of them.

"Well done Hitchin Belles, you definitely did do your hometown proud."

The tournament finished off with the girls being presented with their runner-up trophies by former Lionesses captain Faye White as well as Tottenham Hotspur legend Glen Hoddle.

And to top it off, Belles' midfielder Alethea Dawson was awarded a special trophy for the tournament's 'magic moment', where she dribbled past five players to score a brilliant goal.