Doncaster Rovers Belles are back where they belong!
A 2-1 victory at London Bees on Sunday guaranteed a promotion spot - and a return to FAWSL1 for the first time since their controversial demotion in 2013.
They will now battle it out with Reading, who have also been promoted, for the FAWSL2 title.
Belles’ success was this week met with a wave of support on social media, including messages of congratulations from several high profile figures in the women’s game.
Doncaster’s promotion is still subject to the club meeting the FA’s licensing criteria that saw them ‘relegated’ two years ago.
However, the signs are good.
Boss Glen Harris, who has led Belles to promotion in his first season in charge, has already stated that he believes that everything is in place financially for Doncaster to sustain a top tier team.
And, perhaps tellingly, Katie Brazier, the FA’s head of women’s leagues and competitions, also tweeted on Sunday: “Welcome to @FAWSL 1 @donnybelles @ReadingFCWomen Congratulations all involved.”
Following last weekend’s win, Harris said: “I’m just thankful and pleased for all the people that have been involved at the club, some of them for years and years.
“It means so much to them that the girls have managed to deliver.
“It’s going to be a massive, massive challenge,” he added, looking ahead to FAWSL1.
“There’s a lot of work to be done but the planning can now start.”
Belles host Oxford United on Saturday (6.30pm) in their penultimate league match.
They are three points clear of Reading but the Royals have a game in hand and a superior goal difference.