Doncaster Rovers Belles seek WSL promotion 'relief'

By Jo CurrieBBC Sport
Glen Harris
Manager Glen Harris says Doncaster want to claim the WSL2 title after securing promotion

Doncaster Rovers Belles manager Glen Harris says it be will a "relief" if his team gain promotion back to Women's Super League One this weekend.

Victory at second-from-bottom London Bees on Sunday will guarantee the club top-flight football next season.

"There will be relief more than anything that this part of the job is done," Harris told BBC Sport.

"If we win 1-0 that's good enough, we're not going to go overboard in chasing goals."

Draws in their last two matches have delayed promotion, but Harris insisted those results have not unsettled the team.

"I don't think the setbacks from dropping those points is going to take us off that track and from making sure that we guarantee promotion this weekend.

"The league's still in our destiny, we're still in control," he said.

"It's about patience, focusing on this one game and gaining the three points.

Doncaster's remaining WSL2 fixtures
27 Sep: London Bees (away) 3 Oct: Oxford United (home) 18 Oct: Millwall Lionesses (home)

Belles were relegated to WSL2 in 2013 as part of the league expansion and missed out on gaining promotion at the first attempt last season after Sunderland pipped them by two points.

Harris says that once promotion is secured, the club will then turn its attention to clinching the title.

"The underlying thing has been that we want to go up, but quietly there's been a determination and resolve to put right last year when Sunderland went up as champions," he said.

"We want to go up as champions. I think it's the old cliché that we'll want to finish the job so the celebrations will be put on hold until the season is completed."