A team of female footballers are on the verge of glory as they bid to prove themselves the best in the country.
Accrington and Rossendale College’s Girls Football Academy have reached the Under-18s English Schools and Colleges FA Cup Final.
The Accrington youngsters will target one more good performance as they prepare to take on Midlands side Solihull College in the showpiece final of the prestigious schools competition.
And the team is approaching a busy time of the season.
The cup final is just one of three competitions the Girls’ Academy has been competing in.
They are also in the semi final of the British College’s Premier Cup, as well as being in the mix for the top spot in the Northern League.
Head coach Phil Backhouse said he is delighted with their efforts and success so far.
He said: “We had high hopes for this year’s Accross Girls Academy.
“Our squad of 20 players have worked extremely hard to take themselves to ESFA final, BCS Premier Cup Semi-final and to remain in contention for BCS Category 1 Northern League, among other successes already achieved this year.”
Phil added: “The upcoming weeks and months will prove to be the true measure of this group of players’ talent, hard work and team morale.”
The Girls Academy secured the British Colleges’ Cup last season in a thrilling 4-3 win over Itchen College at St George’s Park.
Expectations are now high for the team to achieve further successes. And the girls look set to be encouraged by a coach-load of supporters to cheer them on.
The team will take on Solihull College at the Ricoh Arena, in Coventry, on Friday, March 14.