THIRTEEN seasons ago - the last time Argyle won at Exeter City - a young goalkeeper, with one appearance to his name, was an unused substitute.Luke McCormick has come a long way since warming the on the bench at St James’ Park on that night in September 2001, watching the Pilgrims beat their fierce rivals in a 3-2 win, to help aid their promotion that season.
This Saturday, Argyle travel to City hoping to end a run of four games without success at the home of the club's closest rivals. With a lot of playing experience under his belt for Argyle, McCormick knows how important this game is.
“It’s one of the ones you look for when the fixture list first comes out," said Luke. "It’s one of the biggest games of the season.
“I think we’re ready for it. The lads are really excited and can’t wait for the game to come.”
Argyle’s first home fixture this season was against Exeter, where the Pilgrims stormed to a 3-0 win, with goals from Tyler Harvey, Reuben Reid and Curtis Nelson.
Despite Argyle’s dominance throughout the game, Luke believes that City are an improving side and that this game won’t be as easy as their last meeting.
“I remember the first home game of the season well," said Luke.
“It was a great result for us, but I think they’ve changed a lot of a side in the time since. It will be, in no way shape or form, the case of us just turning up.
“They like to pass the ball, as do we. It will be a very evenly contested game, I imagine.
"But it’s one that we can’t wait to get our teeth stuck in to.”