ARSENAL Ladies trio Jennie Beattie, Danielle Carter and Hannah Short will join Stevenage’s Rachel Carter and Amy Josland in hoping to fire The University of Hertfordshire women’s football team to glory in their first ever BUCS Mars Championship final.

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The University of Hertfordshire side, based in Hatfield, will battle for silverware with their Loughborough counterparts at Crystal Palace FC’s Selhurst Park ground on Wednesday, May 2.

Bryn Clark, The University of Hertfordshire’s Head of Sports Development, said: “We are delighted and extremely proud of our women’s football programme in reaching the BUCS national cup final.”

Mr Clark is expecting a tough clash at Selhurst Park, but is hopeful his side can return with the trophy.

He added: “This achievement reflects the University’s commitment and support of performance sport at Hertfordshire and we are very focused on securing a victory in what we know will be an extremely difficult game against a very experienced and talented Loughborough side.”

A 3-2 semi-final success over Northumbria, with goals from Lillie Billson (two) and Hannah Short, handed the University of Hertfordshire a place in the final, Loughborough beat Leeds Met Carnegie 3-1 in the second semi-final.

The University of Hertfordshire squad: Jennifer Beattie (Scotland Ladies and Arsenal Ladies), Danielle Carter (England Ladies Under-23’s and Arsenal Ladies), Sarah Quantrill (England U23s and Chelsea Ladies), Lillie Billson (Bristol Academy), Victoria Williams (England U23s and Doncaster Rovers Belles), Laura Coombs (England U23s and Chelsea Ladies), Hannah Short (Barnet Ladies on loan from Arsenal Ladies); Cally Rowell (Watford Ladies), Abbie Prosser (Barnet Ladies), Gemma Darvill (Hemel Hempstead Town), Laura Bird (Ipswich Town), Cheyanne Bell (Islington Borough Ladies), Lauren Brown (University of Hertfordshire), Mercedes Broomfield (Crystal Palace), Amy Josland (Stevenage Borough Ladies), Kirsty Feasy (Reading FC and Malta FC), Zara Waterford (from Manchester) and Rachel Carter (Peterborough Sports Parkway Ladies).

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