Beth Mead struck twice as Sunderland beat Watford in the FA Cup. Picture credit: Jodie Minter

Beth Mead says Sunderland have a point to prove against Arsenal this weekend. Picture credit: Jodie Minter

Sunderland Ladies aren’t dreaming of Wembley just yet says striker Beth Mead, who knows her side will need to be at their best to beat Arsenal on Sunday.

The Lady Black Cats are only one win away from the final of the FA Women’s Cup after victories over Yeovil Town and Reading in previous rounds.

Only one game stands in the way of Carlton Fairweather’s side reaching the final, but a trip to England’s most successful side in Arsenal will be far from routine.

And this is something Beth Mead is fully aware of, with the striker urging her side to focus on this weekend’s tie.

“We have got to concentrate on this weekend’s game, it’s a cup final for us and all our focus is on that,” she said, while talking to the club’s official website.

“We want to prove to everyone we aren’t just one season wonders and that we can be up there with the big teams.”

Her thoughts were echoed by Head Coach, Carlton Fairweather, who says he will relish his side’s role as underdogs at Borehamwood on Sunday.

“The label of underdogs, especially to the ones it’s tagged onto, sometimes can be an inspiration for them to work hard and to prove people wrong,” he said.

“As much as we will be labelled with that, we have got a point [to prove] as well.

“We are looking forward to it and it’s about getting the girls ready for it mentally as well as physically, which is very important because Arsenal are a very good side and full of international players.

“They have a reputation of getting to finals so they have been there before so for us that’s going to be very important.”

Sunday’s semi-final will take place at Meadow Park, Borehamwood with a 2pm kick-off.