WALES and Sunderland star Mary McAteer returned to her old club Ross Juniors on Saturday to inspire the next generation of players, just as the club's Women's side go top of the county league.

Since playing for the U10s, Mary has gone on to have a stellar career, winning her first call-ups for the full Wales Women's team this season, including against former world champions Germany.

A club spokesperson said: "Mary was an absolute joy and the girls who turned up in their numbers were thrilled to meet her.

"On a warm summer’s evening the girls were coached in mini drills and games. They then finished the session asking Mary questions about her career and then getting autographs and photos.

"Mary even brought her old Ross top down which she still has and spoke fondly about her old manager Pete Johnson and teammates...

“A massive thank you to Mary, you could not wish to meet a better role model for the girls to have.

"She was so attentive and fun ensuring it was a great night. We look forward to supporting Mary next season when she plays locally by going to a game on a club trip to watch her play."

Meanwhile, on Sunday an illness-hit Ross Juniors Women squad battled back to draw after trailing 2-0 at Herefordshire Women's League title rivals Penybont.

Abbie Fuszard and Meg Boardman both stepped up to play in goal, and all 12 girls adapted well, although two quick Penybont goals saw them trail 2-0 after 25 minutes.

A Hollie Mace free-kick before half-time clipped the wall sending the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-1 at the break though.

And second-half pressure saw them finally make it 2-2 when a Lauren Creed cross caused chaos and a save fell to Kimmi Tanner Joyce to fire home.

The 21WellBeing-sponsored Women host Hay on Sunday (May 19), while the Ladies side visit Westfields on Wednesday (May 15) and Penybont on Sunday.

Lydbrook's men lost 6-2 at home to Gloucestershire Northern One champions Whaddon, but their 2nds triumped 2-0 at Tidenham to go third in North Gloucestershire One.

Longhope's NG2 promotion hopes were ended though, as they lost 5-2 away to Lydney B.