A GIRLS football team reached the quarter-finals of a nation schools competition before being knocked out.

Year 9 and 10 pupils from St John’s School & Sixth Form College, in Bishop Auckland, beat teams from Wakefield, Huddesfield and Kepier School, in Houghton-le-Spring along the way.

This resulted in a trip to Cheshire were they played a team from Congleton School, which contained an Everton striker and Manchester United and England midfield.

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Despite battling bravely against a strong team and poor weather conditions they lost.