OPMS’ second-row Tom Clenaghan played through the pain to help get his side to tonight’s Lockie Cup final.
Clenaghan, who was also part of the side which got the city club promoted to the Cornwall-Devon League, is facing an operation on a shoulder injury.
The OPMs’ player is ruled out of tonight’s final against Saltash (7.30) – the second time the city club has been in a cup final at Brickfields in a week.
Last week, the club’s seconds won the Plymouth Combination’s Pedrick Cup, also against Saltash.
OPMs’ spokesman and assistant coach Steve Luffman said Clenaghan had been carrying his injury for some time.
The player took part in Saturday’s 20-19 play-off victory against Helston, which put Devon One’s second-placed team into the Cornwall-Devon League.
Luffman said: “Tom should have had an operation on his shoulder a couple of months ago.
“I believe he’s damaged his rotator cuff, but he shut up and put up because he didn’t want to miss the run-in until the end of the season.
“We didn’t know anything about it, until he happened to mention it after we got promoted.
“He did it for all the right reasons and he’s a good man for doing it.”
Clenaghan is replaced in the final by Jake Neville, who has been promoted to the starting line-up after a string of good performances in the seconds.
The second-rower is not the only casualty to miss out on the chance to play at Plymouth Albion’s home.
Matt Glastonbury has a suspected broken cheekbone after an accidental clash on Saturday and a fitness test will be carried out on back Matt Norris shortly before kick-off to ensure a tight hamstring is functioning properly.
Victory at Brickfields could hand OPMs an unusual hat-trick – promotion, the Pedrick Cup and the Lockie Cup.
Luffman, though, feels the pressure is off the team.
He said: “We’re just looking forward to the final. Our season doesn’t hang on winning the Lockie Cup.
“Of course, we’d like to win it, but the pressure is off us a bit.”
Saltash will be tough to beat.
Article from Evening Herald Wednesday 25th April 2012