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FA WSL season 2 preview
« on: April 03, 2014, 04:45:25 PM »
We preview the newly form second division of The FA WSL

THE PROSPECT of promotion from the FA Women’s Super League 2 will be a carrot each of the ten clubs will be chasing in 2014 – none more so than Doncaster Rovers Belles according to their boss Gordon Staniforth.

The Belles had a season to forget in terms of results on the pitch in last year’s WSL, winning just once before being relegated to the newly-formed ten-team second tier.

But there is a sense of vibrancy after it was announced back in March 2013 that a second division would be introduced for the 2014 season.

Teams will now be promoted and relegated between the two divisions and, while those in the second tier cannot be relegated, Staniforth is as excited as anyone to attempt to bounce straight back.

“We’re going to be a force to be reckoned with,” said Staniforth, who was named as the Belles’ boss in November.

“I’ve seen a desire to bounce back from relegation and a hunger for success in the players.

“There is also a hunger to learn and one of my strengths is coaching and I’m throwing a lot of stuff at them and ultimately we will make the team better.”

Another side used to success and gunning for promotion will be Sunderland, having won three FA Premier League National Division titles in a row.

The stakes in the expanded WSL will be higher than the Black Cats have ever faced but manager Mick Mulhern believes promotion is achievable at the first time of asking.

“We would like to be challenging and getting into WSL 1 and that is definitely our focus, we believe we are in a position to be up there come the end of the season,” said Mulhern.

“We are heading into a completely new league but we know exactly what kind of quality the teams are going to have.

“That’s the challenge the girls need to make sure they’re ready for and I have no doubt they will be.”

Also hoping to be in the running are Watford – having battled relegation from the FA Premier League National Division in 2011/2012, the Golden Girls bounced back last season finishing as runners-up behind Sunderland.

“The standard is going to go up definitely,” admitted Watford boss John Salomon. “It’s going to be more competitive.

“We are looking to be up there this season, we have already got much of our squad in place although we are still looking to make a few additions. It’s more about building on what we have done.”

For some the 2014 season will be a venture into the unknown. Durham Women’s – first created as a youth team by Lee Sanders in 2006 before becoming South Durham & Cestria – will be making their debut.

As will London Bees, a brand new franchise, although under its previous guise as Barnet Ladies they were a mainstay in the Premier League National Division.

Aston Villa finished sixth in the Premier League National Division last season, but that hasn’t dampened general manager Martin Harrison’s ambitions.

“Our aims and ambitions are that we want to be challenging. Realistically we want to be in the top three between ourselves, Sunderland, Watford and Donny,” said Harrison.

“The National Division was a competitive one last year and there were a number of teams able to get results against each other, and now with Doncaster coming down it’s only going to strengthen.”

But Harrison also believes the likes of Reading, Millwall Lionesses and Yeovil – who finished first, second and third respectively in the Premier League Southern Division last term – as well as Oxford United will be in the reckoning.

“It’s going to be interesting to see how the others are going to rise to the challenge,” added Harrison.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the women’s game and in the WSL with so many competitive teams.”

By Jamie Holt

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Re: FA WSL season 2 preview
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2014, 07:17:35 PM »
A small correction to the above article:

winning just once before being relegated

 should of course read

Winning just once after they were told they were demoted.

There was no relegation in WSL, just an FA imposed demotion.