Beth Mead celebrates her brace against Watford. Picture credit: Susan Gutteridge

Picture credit: Susan Gutteridge

Sunderland Ladies forward Beth Mead has said she was pleased with the point her side picked up last weekend against Reading Ladies.

The 20-year-old, who recently picked up the PFA Women’s Young Player of the Year award, scored from a penalty rebound after just eight minutes to put the away side in the lead, but Reading hit back with a penalty of their own.

Failing to see out the win against Reading wasn’t helped by the fact Sunderland were reduced to ten players when Megan Beer was shown a red card a foul which led to Reading’s penalty.

Despite the dropped points, Mead took the positives from the game.

“Our team has showed a lot of character and courage to stay in the game,” stated the youngster.

Mead did admit, however, that the girls were still slightly disappointed again due to the recent run of games without a victory.

“We’ve got another point on the board. We’re still looking for that win but it’s just really disappointing.”

Sunderland have played four league games, drawing four and losing one.

Mead also conceded that her early penalty effort could have been better.

“My penalty probably was not the best I’ve ever taken,” quipped the England forward.

Sunderland face Liverpool next and will be hoping to kickstart their season.