WSL 2: Doncaster Rovers Belles aware of promotion pressure

Doncaster Rovers Belles
Doncaster Rovers Belles have the best defensive record in WSL 2 so far this season

Doncaster Rovers Belles head coach Glen Harris knows his side are considered as strong contenders for promotion to Women's Super League One this season.

The Belles - who finished second in WSL 2 in 2014 - have won their first three league games, along with Reading, who top the table on goal difference.

"We want to get promoted, we've made that quite clear," Harris told BBC Sport. "We take it one game at a time.

"We know we're one of the favourites. That brings with it pressures."

The Belles missed out on promotion last season by two points, but the top two sides in WSL 2 will go up this year as part of a two-year process to expand WSL 1 from eight teams to 10 by 2017.

Winning convincingly
Doncaster Rovers Belles have a goal difference of +9 after their first three league games.

Harris's side enjoyed an impressive 5-0 win at Aston Villa on Sunday, while recently-relegated Everton were held to a 2-2 draw at home to London Bees.

"We knew they [Everton] were 2-0 down at half-time but we didn't say anything to the girls," Harris added. "We know they've dropped two points. People who say they don't look at other results - they don't mean it.

"They are one of our rivals. Reading and Everton are going to be our rivals.

"I also think Yeovil have got a fair bit to offer and, to be fair, I thought Villa were going to be there or thereabouts."

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