Doncaster Rovers Belles: Club appeals ‘relegation’

Belles' Tori Williams goes in for an aerial challenge against Bristol. Photo: Michael Steele, The FA

Belles' Tori Williams goes in for an aerial challenge against Bristol. Photo: Michael Steele, The FA

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Doncaster Rovers Belles have appealed against the FA’s decision to demote them into the Women’s Super League second tier.

Belles submitted their application along with over 30 other women’s clubs in the hope they could continue in the top flight when the FAWSL is restructured next term.

However, Belles have been told they will be replaced by Manchester City LFC - currently playing in the Women’s Premier League - in next season’s top flight.

Belles will be part of the new WSL2 with nine other clubs. The decision from the FA came after Belles had played 90 minutes of league football this season.

The FA are still refusing to comment until after an appeals process has finished - which is likely to be at the end of May or early June.

Manager John Buckley, meanwhile, has described the decision as an “absolute joke” and told the Free Press that they have appealed against the relegation.

“Unfortunately at this moment in time there’s not a lot we can do about the decision, we just have to get our heads down and play football.

“But we have submitted an appeal.

“I think the FA decision is an absolute joke.

“But, we have to get on with things and play the football I know we’re capable of.”

Buckley, whose side’s midweek league match against Liverpool was cancelled by the FA to protect the Keepmoat Stadium pitch for the FA Cup final on May 26, had some stern words for his players following their recent 3-1 defeat away at Brisol Academy.

However, they can regain confidence and book a semi-final spot if they beat Everton in the Continental Cup on Saturday, at the Keepmoat, kick-off 6pm.