A FIRST-HALF brace from Luke Jephcott came within just three minutes of securing Argyle an impressive victory in the Central League at Bristol Rovers.
The Pilgrims led 2-0 but were pegged back by goals at the end of each half from Rovers, sandwiching a missed penalty that would have arguably put the Greens out of sight.
While the end was a disappointment, the performance was very encouraging and sets the scene nicely for tonight’s FA Cup replay at Home Park between the senior players from Argyle and Rovers.
Jephcott opened the scoring with an incisive cut inside from the right flank and a low finish into the bottom corner. The second came from a delightful pass by Jeremiah Medine, neatly finished off by the alert Jephcott.
Rovers made their impression in first-half injury-time, reducing the arrears with a short free-kick and shot drilled into the roof of the net. Klaidi Lolos did have the chance to increase Argyle’s lead again after the break but his penalty hit the bar.
The reprieve was enough for Rovers to pinch a last-ditch leveller and an emphatic finish from close-range, but still a pleasing display from a very young Argyle side.
Argyle: Harry Townsend; Ollie Tomlinson, Michael Peck, Jude Boyd, Tom Purrington, Jeremiah Medine (Carlo Garside), Charlie Miller (Angel Wariuh 45), Luke Jephcott, Alex Fletcher, Klaidi Lolos (Rubin Wilson 65), Ryan Law. Substitutes (not used): Tyler Coombes (GK), Scott Crocker.