Reading survived a nail-biting finale before being crowned FA Women's Super League 2 champions with a 3-2 win at Aston Villa on Sunday.
With a superior goal difference to second-placed Doncaster Rovers Belles, a routine victory at Sutton Coldfield would seemingly be enough to Reading to earn a promotion spot to the top tier of The FA WSL as champions.
Doncaster fulfilled their part of the bargain, running out 4-0 winners against Millwall Lionesses with Sue Smith scoring twice, while Beth England and Hope Knight chipped in with a goal apiece.
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Reading eventually broke the deadlock shortly before half-time through Harriet Scott, before goals from strikers Helen Ward and Bianca Bragg had them firmly in control.
But in the final two minutes Alicia Robinson and substitute Tash Baptiste struck to give hope to those at the Keepmoat Stadium before the final whistle saw Reading finally able to celebrate.
Royals captain Kirsty McGee says her team are now ready to take The FA Women’s Super League with BT Sport top flight by storm.
“We’ve already shown this season that we can compete with the best up there and I think with the squad we have got we can only go one way and get better and better.
“We’ve sent out a message that we are now one of the top teams in the country and next season we want to be able to really compete at the highest level.
“We thank every supporter who has been to watch every week, we appreciate absolutely everything.”
Everton finished the campaign in third place, beating Oxford United 5-3 as Lindsay Johnson marked the final appearance of her career with a goal.
Corrine Yorston’s second-half penalty was enough to earn Yeovil Town a 1-0 win against Oxford United.
And bottom side Watford earned their fifth point of the season in manager John Salomon’s final game in charge, drawing 0-0 with London Bees.
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