Beth bittersweet after Black Cats are held

Beth Mead (left) celebrates with Kelly McDougall
Beth Mead (left) celebrates with Kelly McDougall

IT was a bittersweet day for Hinderwell’s Beth Mead who scored a goal, set up another but saw her Sunderland ladies side let a two-goal lead slip in a top-of-the-table clash with Coventry on Sunday.

Mead turned her marker and crossed for Sophie Williams to volley home from just inside the box to put Sunderland ahead in their FA Women’s Premier League game.

Beth Mead celebrates her goal with her team-mates

Beth Mead celebrates her goal with her team-mates

The Black Cats doubled their lead early in the second half when a free-kick was headed back across goal for 16-year-old Whitby Community College student Mead to touch home from close in.

But the joy was short-lived as Coventry quickly pulled one back and with time running out, the Sky Blues forced a dramatic injury-time leveller, denying Mead and her team-mates the chance to pull two points clear of second-placed Leeds.

Despite the disappointment, Beth shifted her goals tally for the season to 13.

And it was a special day for West Cliff pupil Daisy Stokoe, who was chosen as Sunderland’s mascot.