SUNDERLAND Women striker Beth Mead is targeting an action replay this season.
The teenager made a huge impact in her debut season in senior football, scoring 29 goals as the Lady Black Cats successfully defended their Premier League title and also won the League Cup.
This season, Sunderland are again top of the league with five wins out of five, and Mead already has eight goals to her name.
And this is despite the speedy forward believing she is getting extra attention form rival defenders this season!
“I think a lot of teams know what I’m about now,” said the 17-year-old.
“There have been a few extra players round me, but I can it handle!” she joked.
“After last season, we are the team everyone wants to beat. There’s a lot of pressure and everyone is watching us but we’ve taken it on the chin and done the job so far.
“Looking back, last season was a dream, but it’s starting to sink in now that this season is well under way.
“I’d just like to repeat what we did last season. I hope that’s possible.”
The Lady Black Cats squad were guests at the Stadium of Light last Saturday as Martin O’Neill’s men picked up their first league win of the season against Wigan.
At half-time, the Ladies paraded the trophies they won last season and received a great reception from the fans.
“It was an unbelievable feeling,” said Mead. “The support was amazing. It was fantastic to feel that everyone recognised our achievements.
“I just wish I could play there – that would be amazing!”
Sunderland make the long trip to Watford tomorrow on the back of a narrow 3-2 win at Manchester City last weekend, in a game where Mead struck twice.
“The first goal was a header – and I don’t score many of them! We didn’t play well in the first half but the second was 100 per cent better. All the girls worked hard and it paid off.”
It’s another tough awayday tomorrow against third-top Watford, who have won three of their four games so far.
And a week tomorrow, derby rivals Newcastle United are the visitors to Hetton for a League Cup clash.
“I know Sunderland (men) don’t have a game next weekend because of the international break. It would be great if some of the fans could come along and watch us instead.”