Long wait to sign Harcus finally over for Puttock
OPMs boss Leigh Puttock has signed former Plymouth Albion development player Ollie Harcus after tracking him for a year.
The 22-year-old city student, who can either play back-row or prop, will be on the bench for the city side's Cornwall-Devon League home fixture against Falmouth tomorrow.
Puttock, who is trying to strengthen his side following their promotion to the Cornwall-Devon League last season, admitted he had spent a long time trying to get Harcus, who played for National League for Worthing as well as turning out in the past for Albion's Warriors side, to sign along the dotted line.
Puttock said he was sure Falmouth would give his team a difficult time tomorrow at Elburton (2.30pm).
He said: "We beat them down there 39-14, so there's no doubt they will be trying their best against us."
OPMs, depending on other results, could overtake Falmouth and move from eighth to sixth if they win tomorrow. But most importantly, they are certainly safe from relegation.
Justin Morton, who is moving to a new job in Bristol, is scheduled to play his last game for OPMs tomorrow.
Free-scoring winger Martin Skelly is definitely out of the side after medial ligament damage in a knee ruled him out for the rest of the season.
Forward Adam Geoghegan, who has been unwell, is expected to start on the bench tomorrow.
Former DHSOB player Kenny West will probably be his replacement.
OPMs (from): Kenny West, Adam Geogeghan, Tim Binding, Rich Brown, Matt Glastonbury, Ed Steven, Tom Clenaghan, Matt Naylor, Rhys Phillips, Harry Stephenson, Jake Luffman, Chris Harmer, Gavin Rea, Justin Morton, Tom Finnie, John McGarry, Ollie Harcus, Henry Matthews.
SALTASH continue their chase for third place against Tiverton at Moorlands Lane tomorrow (2.30pm).
The Ashes' opponents presently occupy third slot and are 10 points ahead of the Cornish club, having not been beaten in their last nine games.
In contrast, Saltash have lost two of their last three matches, against second-placed St Ives (21-10) and leaders Teignmouth (27-8).
They got back on the winning trail with a convincing 26-8 win over local rivals Liskeard-Looe last weekend.
Lions, who are second bottom of the division, seem doomed to drop into Cornwall One.
They face a powerful Withycombe side at Lux Park tomorrow (2.30pm).