Doncaster Belles: ‘Everything in place’ for top flight return - Harris

Glen Harris
Glen Harris

Doncaster Rovers Belles boss Glen Harris has stated that ‘everything is in place’ for the club to play in FAWSL1.

Belles can seal a top two finish in FAWSL2 with victory at London Bees on Sunday.

They require two points from their last three games to mathematically guarantee a promotion spot - although to play in FAWSL1 next year they will still have to meet FA licensing requirements.

Doncaster were controversially demoted from the top tier in 2013 when they failed to meet the FA’s criteria.

However, Harris has provided the first indication that Belles, should they secure two more points, are confident of getting the green light to rejoin England’s elite.

Last week Belles announced they had renewed their sponsorship with BPP Professional Education Group until 2017.

In response, Harris told Belles’ official website: “There’s no stopping the club now, we have everything in place to financially support an elite Women’s football team in the top flight.”

Dr Sheila Edmunds, club founder and general manager, said: “It’s been great working with BPP over the last two years and I am delighted that they will play a pivotal role in helping the club to success over the next two years.

“Women’s football is professionalising at a rapid rate and with BPP’s help the Belles will be more than able to match these developments.”

Belles travel to London Bees on Sunday before finishing the season with fixtures at home to Oxford United and Millwall Lionesses.

They are currently three points clear at the top of FAWSL2 and have an eight-point cushion to Yeovil Town in third.