Doncaster Rovers Belles guaranteed a promotion spot with a 2-1 win at London Bees yesterday.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk’s brace - which took her tally to 25 in 22 games this season - saw Belles come from a goal down at The Hive to seal a top two finish in FAWSL2.
Promotion to FAWSL1 is now subject to meeting FA criteria - guidelines that saw the club controversially demoted from the top tier in 2013.
So only red tape can now prevent the Belles re-taking their place at the game’s top table.
And there was a positive sign after the final whistle blew when the FA themselves tweeted: “Congratulations @donnybelles on promotion to @FAWSL 1!” Reading also cemented a top two finish with a 3-1 win at Watford.