Belles’ Reading trip is ‘potential title decider’ - Harris

Bethany England
Bethany England

Doncaster Rovers Belles travel to face Reading on Saturday for a top of the table clash, knowing that three points moves them within touching distance of promotion.

Belles currently lead the way in the FA Womens Super League 2, two points clear of this weekend’s hosts Reading in second place.

Three points would leave Belles five clear at the top with four games left to play, with three of those remaining fixtures at the Keepmoat, as they look to close in on FAWSL1, having missed out on promotion last season.

And the Belles head into the crunch game with Reading having beaten top flight Sunderland 3-2 in the Continental Cup last weekend.

Despite the result, Belles exited the competition, however, coach Glen Harris says his side have been looking ahead to the Reading clash.

“That’s the one that we’ve been looking forward to,” said Harris after the Sunderland win.

“In the back of everybody’s minds that’ll be, potentially, a title decider.

“I wouldn’t say it was going to cut or kill promotion, but it’s potentially a title decider.

“The pressure is on Reading, we’re up top so they’ve got to come out and do something. The pressure is all on Reading now.”

Striker Beth England says that the side are better prepared this time around, having suffered a 3-0 loss to Reading earlier in the campaign.

The loss was a first of the campaign, but Belles have recovered well to win six straight league games since, scoring 25 goals in the process, conceding only two.

“Yeah that’s going to be a tough one, that’s going to be the game of the league to be fair,” said England.

“It’s going to be a big game, I’m pretty sure after the win and the run we’ve been on we can only go in with confidence. Nothing silly, but I think we are more than prepared for them this time.”

Belles host Everton after the Reading match followed by their last away game of the season at London Bees.

The season then concludes with back to back home games, with Oxford United Women and Millwall Lionesses both visiting the Keepmoat Stadium in October.