Hinderwell hotshot Mead helps England to finals

Beth Mead playing for Sunderland ladies in the FA Cup tie against Liverpool'picture: Susan Gutteridge
Beth Mead playing for Sunderland ladies in the FA Cup tie against Liverpool'picture: Susan Gutteridge
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Whitby’s England footballer Beth Mead was one of the stars of the show as the Three Lions clinched qualification to the European Championship finals.

The 18-year-old from Hinderwell netted decisive strikes as England topped group six, taking a clean sweep against Denmark, Serbia and host nation Finland.

Mead and her England team-mates beat Denmark in the first game 1-0 and followed that up with a 2-0 victory over Serbia, which left a winner-takes-all clash against the Scandinavians.

Former Whitby Community College student Mead was on target twice, either side of half-time, as England ran riot, winning 5-0.

She told the Whitby Gazette this week: “I had an amazing time, loved it and been one of the most experienced and oldest a lot of the young ones looked up to me.

“Competing at this level on a regular basis now is helping my development a lot.

“I’m learning tricks of the trade and becoming a better player physically and mentally.”

The finals will be staged in Norway from July 15-27, the draw for which will be held in Oslo on Tuesday April 29.

England have reached the final of this competition four times in the past seven seasons, including last year.

They won the title for the first time in Belarus in 2009.

Mead was also due to get the new league season under way last night with her club side Sunderland Ladies, who are in the FA Women’s Super League for the first time.

The female Black Cats were knocked of the FA Cup at the weekend by Liverpool but Mead cannot wait for the new campaign to get under way.

“We are really excited for our first league game of the season against Durham, it’s a big derby match and then we play Reading at the weekend.”

Sunderland ladies won the FA Women’s Premier League last season and Mead was top scorer. She also won top female achiever at the Scarborough and District Sports Council awards in November.