HINDERWELL’S England under 19s footballer Beth Mead was presented with the National Premier League top goalscorer award at the FA Women’s annual awards in London last Friday.
The 17-year-old striker, who plays for Sunderland ladies, picked up the award for her 18 goals scored in the league last season.
Club officials, players and dignitaries from the world of women’s football gathered to honour those who have made the biggest impact in the game in 2012, capping off what has been an incredible year for women’s sport in general.
Delighted Mead told the Whitby Gqazette: “It was an amazing achievement, just the cherry on the cake for this season for me.
“The experience of going to a top hotel and experiencing all the things I did was something else, I felt like a celebrity.
“Roy Hodgson was lovely, very down to earth and cared a great deal about women’s football and showed a great interest as did Trevor Brooking.”
Fresh from picking up her award, Mead – a student at Whitby Community College – played a starring role in Sunderland’s 2-2 draw at Leeds United on Sunday in a repeat of last season’s league cup final.
She gave the Black Cats the lead late on in the half, slotting home after good work from the tireless Natalie Gutteridge.
Leeds levelled the score but then a mistake from the home defence led to Keira Ramshaw picking up the ball inside the area and from her parried effort, the nippy Mead fired into the net from close range.
A second equaliser sent the game into a replay despite Mead going close with a late effort.