BRAINTREE Futsal Club took to the road again to play in the Futsal Armor Cup in France and brought home the trophy after a glorious triumph for their young players.

The competition, which was held in Landerneau, a small town in Northwest France, over two days, saw Braintree among 20 teams that consisted of a number of professional academies, local French sides and ones from Switzerland and Belgium.

Braintree began the tournament on the first day with a 2-0 win against local side AS Dirinon and followed that with draws against ES St Thegonnec, Stade Brestois, and US Orleans.

That meant Braintere finished in second place in the group as they qualified into the next group stage.

The following day, the Braintree youngsters were drawn against FC Nantes, and Swiss side FC Meyrin.

In the first game they lost 3-0 to Nantes, which meant that they had to win the following game in order to qualify for the quarter-finals.

With the pressure on, Braintree won 3-0 and to set up another game against Nantes.

This time, though, they won a very intense game 3-2 on penalties to march into the semi-finals against tournament favourites FC Lorient.

However, it was a game dominated by Braintree as they saved a penalty on the way to winning 2-0.

In the final, they had to face an old foe from day one, US Orleans.

They were a very tough and physical side, but Braintree scored early in the second half to win 1-0 and take the title.

Coach Franklin Burton said: "Winning this championship was a huge success following the disappointments of losing in the World Futsal Cup in Spain last year.

"Myself and fellow coach Jack Harrod feel that this is a reward for all of the hard work and dedication put in by the coaches, players, parents and families and we'd like to thank everybody who has supported us over the last few years."

Braintree are now hoping to follow on from their win as they will be heading out to Spain again in December for more international action.