DORSET talent Alexis Bussell has enjoyed a remarkable 12 months on the women’s football scene.

Bussell, 16, has played grass roots football since she was five years old, first in a boys’ team, as there were no girls’ teams in the area, then at 11 she started at Mudeford Phoenix.

After five years with the East Dorset squad, during which the teenage striker was the league’s best most years, Bussell trialled for Dorset in summer 2017 leading to both county and Dorset schools selection.

Playing a number of matches and tournaments at county level, Bussell was then asked to join the FA People’s Cup and Futsal teams for Corfe Mullen.

Corfe succeeded in reaching the semi-finals at St George’s Park and winning the FA National title in Birmingham for the futsal, both under the coaching of Ben Ansell from Corfe Mullen United Juniors.

Bussell was the only player to play in all rounds of both competitions and scored goals in every round including the futsal final.

In the latter part of the 2017/18 season, Poole Town Ladies took the forward on and Bussell duly scored five goals in two games in her first taste of women’s football.

Towards the summer of 2018, Bussell achieved a place at Yeovil Ladies’ academy, where she is now playing against the biggest women’s academy teams in the country.

While naturally a huge step up, Bussell has already claimed three assists and hopes to train alongside the first team whenever possible.