Frome RFC Captain's Column: No more injury drama please
When the scriptwriters for BBC show Casualty start penning the next series, they could do worse than pay a visit to the physio room at Gypsy Lane.
Yes, the acting wouldn't be up to scratch, and we don't have many faces fit to grace the front of a TV camera but we do have way more than our fair share of injuries at the moment.
I still have to watch games from the sidelines as my collarbone continues to heal, and I've been joined on the injury list by my replacement as skipper, Mike Rutt, who has fractured a bone in his wrist.
Big Darren Bowles is currently taking up too much space in the treatment room, while Josh Frost has a long-term ankle injury and won't be back for some time.
Fortunately, experienced half-back Garrie Webster has agreed to take charge of the 1st XV in mine and Rutty's absence, and as a man with many years of skippering the side under his belt, he'll do an excellent job.
On the pitch, results have been disappointing over the last few weeks and we've been left to wonder what might have been if we'd only started playing rugby from the first whistle.
Against Sherborne on Saturday, we put in a superb second-half display – it's just a shame that we were 20 points down by then.
Still, we're more than capable of turning these bad results around and rising up the league, starting with a home fixture against Swanage & Wareham on October 26.
This Saturday sees a break from league action and a welcome chance to heal injuries.
The 2nds chalked up their first league win of the season on Saturday, a deserved success for Mark Regler's men after so much hard work – and close results – this season. They can now build on this and push on up the table.
Injuries also put paid to the 3rds' weekend trip to Weymouth but with so many youngsters – including several Colts – in the side, Matt Jones' charges have the energy and potential to turn their fortunes around.
Despite results being not what we'd hoped for throughout the club so far this season, a solid foundation, spirit and ability are all in abundance at Frome RFC.
If we all stick at it as one club and keep working hard for each other, we'll be fine. There are no dramas, TV or otherwise, here.