Bulldogs just miss out on champions league success

Bedlington Town Bulldogs (blue and white) who just missed out on the Northern Champions League.
Bedlington Town Bulldogs (blue and white) who just missed out on the Northern Champions League.

A girls football team are already looking forward to the new season after a successful year on the pitch.

Bedlington Town Bulldogs Under 11s finished runners up in the U11 Northumberland Girls League after losing one game all season but did pick up some silverware after winning the league cup.

The team also tested themselves against older opposition, making it to the final of the U12 Cramlington United Tournament and then made it to the semi final of the Carlisle City Cup where they were beaten on penalties by the undefeated U12 Durham League champions.

The Bulldogs also made it to the final of the Blackpool 7s tournament where they again lost on penalties, finishing the event scoring 24 goals and conceding just two.

And they also made it to the final of the Hirst Welfare U11 Girls Cup and Redcar McKinley Cup for U12s, losing the latter on penalties.

Due to their success on the pitch, they were invited to the Northern Champions League, a tournament featuring the best teams from each football association in the north.

The undefeated Bulldogs won their group and then beat Barnsley Academy in the semi final.

They faced Handsworth FC in the final, who they had drawn 1-1 with in the group stages and who were undefeated for three years, but the Bulldogs just missed out after valiant effort, losing 3-1.