OPMs positive about the future, despite missing out on promotion

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OPMs captain Henry Matthews believes the club are in a good position – despite missing out on an immediate return to Devon One.

The Old Boys will have to spend a second season in the Devon Two after losing 15-6 to Dartmouth on Saturday, which means they will finish third in the table.

The race for promotion was incredibly tight between themselves and Old Techs, who recovered from losing two out of their opening three matches to snatch the runners-up spot behind champions Dartmouth.

OPMs were in the driving seat right up until two weeks ago when they slipped up at Buckfastleigh, which opened the door for Techs.

Although frustrated at missing out on promotion, OPMs believe the club is going in the right direction again after two relegation seasons.

“At the start of the season we said we just wanted to consolidate and enjoy our rugby and that’s what we have done,” said Matthews.

“We’re all playing rugby every week so we’re happy, which is what it is all about.

“We had a list of names in the changing rooms on Saturday. There were 21 players on that list that had played first team rugby who were unavailable – that’s a whole team. But we are still putting out two teams every week so that shows our depth. As a club we are a good position.”

OPMs do have a thriving junior section and still have plenty to play for this term.

They are in the semi-finals of the Lockie Cup and still have the Devon Junior Cup to compete for. They will travel to city rivals Plympton Victoria in the first round of that competition on March 25.

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