Vicky Watkins from Stroud played a starring role as Bretforton took the honours in the Over 45s Ladies National Investec Final against Kingston-upon-Hull, at Lee Valley Stadium in London.

The goalkeeper from Stroud was a regular player for Bretforton until she retired two seasons ago, however she has continued her association with the club by competing in the over 35s competition, and two years ago Bret were runners-up in the final at Lee Valley.

At this year's event, held on April 29, the club went one better in the over 45s as they were triumphant against Kingston upon Hull.

In the run up to the final, Bret beat Norwich in the quarter finals and played a fantastic semi final against St Albans at Bretforton's home pitch in Evesham in February.

Bretforton won but only after going to sudden death penalty flicks, and with some fantastic saves, Vicky was instrumental in Bretforton getting to the finals in London.

The Worcestershire side certainly had the majority of the play for the first 20 minutes of the first half. However, Vicky was called upon to make some impressive saves to keep them on track for the win, in particular following a succession of short corners.

With Bret leading at half time and getting a second goal it looked as if they had one hand on the trophy, but Kingston upped their game and with some phenomenal work in goal, Vicky kept the ball out deflecting one shot onto the post and also with two full length diving saves she was monumental.

They finally secured the win with four minutes to go with a third goal. A fantastic team performance all round Bret were the deserved winners having one of the finest keepers in the competition by far.

The club described the win as the most memorable day in its 70 year history, achieved with phenomenal support of 60 supporters who had travelled down by coach from Evesham for the final.

They also thanked coach Julie Stowe who had led the team to the final but couldn't be there on the day and to John Shaw who stepped in at short notice to lead operations.