Hinderwell hotshot Beth Mead recovered from a serious car crash to fire in a hat-trick for her side Sunderland Ladies on Saturday.
“It was the worst experience of my life,” the 20-year-old told the Whitby Gazette.
I honestly saw my life flash before my eyesBeth Mead
“I was so scared – I was so lucky to get out the car with just a few cuts and bruises as the car was a write-off.
“I honestly saw my life flash before my eyes and now I appreciate every moment I’m given.
“I managed to pass my medical before the game against Chelsea on Saturday night.
“The team were unbelievable and I happened to score my hat-trick and beat the league leaders 4-0.
“What a way to brighten my week up.”
The result enabled the female Black Cats to close the gap on FA Women’s Super League One leaders Chelsea to just two points.
Beth is the runaway top-scorer in the league with eight goals from eight games.
It appears her talents are not just confined to football .
Beth and Sunderland team-mate Rachael Laws, the Sunderland goalkeeper, took part in an egg-throwing competition. The “competitive pair” threw 50m which they believe is close to a Yorkshire record.
Beth is back in action for the Black Cats on Saturday (July 25) when they travel to Bristol Academy.