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Four more years? We want four more points

By Somerset Standard  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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What do my Frome 1st XV and Barack Obama have in common? We both started this week craving two victories on the bounce.

This weekend, while Obama pledges his allegiance for a second term, my lads will be attempting to also secure back-to-back wins for the first time this season and our match against Clevedon is set to be a cliffhanger.

Somewhat reluctantly, our manifesto to win is more similar to Mitt Romney's than Obama's. The comments of the smooth-talking Republican have led some to believe he'll bomb Iran should he be given the keys to the White House.

I also pledge to declare all-out war – but in the rugby scrum at Gypsy Lane as opposed to the Middle East. Slightly less catastrophic, I hope you'll agree, and almost certainly where the similarities between Frome RFC and the Romney camp ends.

As I write this column, Romney's race is in the hands of apathetic swing voters in Ohio but my player's race to the tryline is quite literally in their own hands.

Unfortunately our season has had more highs and lows than the weather on the east coast of America. We've been destructive in spells and unpredictable throughout.

Two weeks ago a great first half saw us beating Dorchester RFC comfortably – only to fall to pieces in the second half and eventually lose the game.

Our collapse was nearly as embarrassing as the secretly-recorded video of Romney writing off 47 per cent of his electorate.

But just as Romney rode the storm and got his campaign back on track, last weekend my lads bounced back with an impressive away win against Walcot. As Obama's spin doctors will testify to, stormy conditions can, sometimes, inspire victory.

Our second team had the high of securing full points last weekend but it was from the low of not even having to take to the field. Their opponents were due to be Ringwood, who couldn't muster up a full side to travel.

Now then, unlike Obama and Romney, I don't want dpolitical debate but here's a stick of political dynamite to hopefully spark a much- needed conversation.

Surely the heads of our league can see that when 20 of our players are starved of a Saturday fixture on three occasions only two months into a season, because of an opponent's shortcomings, it is a sad state of affairs?

The pressure on teams to fulfil their fixtures must be increased. Likewise, perhaps the league structure could be reviewed to ensure teams in the same league are logistically closer together. After all, I'm sure Ringwood can regularly raise a team for all of their home games.

Off the pitch, the club was full to bursting for the Dorchester game but with last weekend's only fixture cancelled, it really puts a strain on the club's coffers.

To keep running a successful clubhouse, we need rugby matches to entice supporters through our doors. Just as political parties rely on a good turnout at polling stations, a rugby club relies on footfall for success.

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