Luffman braced for key fortnight in OPMs' promotion bid
CITY side OPMs play the first of two away fixtures tomorrow which could see them unexpectedly gatecrash the divisional promotion race.
OPMs face fifth-placed Withycombe tomorrow, followed by a trip to sixth-placed Pirates Amateurs the following week.
Victory in both games could potentially lift the newly-promoted Plymouth club to at least fifth place, with leaders Teignmouth 10 points ahead of them.
Defeat, however, would probably leave OPMs marking time in readiness for next season.
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Club spokesman and assistant head coach Steve Luffman said: "It will be a tight game at Withycombe and we are expecting nothing else.
"We've got a real test over the next fortnight and I believe Withycombe are going to be one of the toughest games of the year.
"We have to hit the ground running, because the first 10 minutes of our game are a little tame sometimes and we can't afford to do that."
OPMs (from): Adam Geoghegan, Jake Aquilina, Rich Brown, Tom Clenaghan, Matt Glastonbury, Rhys Phillips, Ed Steven, Matt Naylor, Harry Stephenson, Jake Luffman, Gavin Rea, John McGarry, Chris Harmer, Martin Skelley, Tom Finnie, Max Coates, Darren Ewers, George Stephenson
PLYMOUTH Barbarians coach Dan Stevens admits his team's game at struggling Liskeard-Looe is highly significant for the club.
Liskeard are second-bottom, while Barbarians are just a place above them.
Stevens said: "This is a massive game for us.
"While we are confident the squad is good enough to go to Liskeard and Looe and come away with only our second win of the season, we are fully aware of what Liskeard and Looe are capable of on their day.
"If we are to come away with a win we know that we will have to work for it."
Barbs' newly resurrected second team has its second fixture of the season against Tamar Saracens II at Parkway tomorrow (2.30).
Stevens said: "Our second team has its second fixture of the season and is already giving us the competition for places that the squad needs.
"Five of the second team squad from last week have been selected in the first team squad and there are others that are pushing for a place.
"This healthy competition can only improve the whole squad."
Josh Cousens and Nick Fraser make their first-team debuts and Ryan Jeram is on the bench for his first game with the firsts.
Barbarians (from): James Sellens, Adam Corbett, Ty Colwill, Ian Burnard, Sean Palmer, Richie Bush, Arran Webb, Dave Chorley, John Toner, James Hannaford, Joe Wyatt, Josh Cousens, Steve Hammond, Nick Fraser, Scott Sheldon, Barry Sheldon, Josh Hunt, Ryan Jeram