RECALLED youngster Luke Jephcott certainly made the decision to bring him back worthwhile in the 3-1 victory at Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League Two, scoring a predatory brace for the Pilgrims.
Having been out on loan to Truro for the majority of this season, Luke has been playing under former Argyle stalwart Paul Wotton in order to get himself some experience and regular game-time.
Argyle manager Ryan Lowe took the option to recall the 19-year-old following injuries to strikers Dom Telford and Ryan Taylor, and having been thrust into the starting line-up, Jephcott responded with his first goals in the Football League.
“I got the call on Wednesday saying that they wanted me to come back,” Luke said. “I had to come back, sign some papers and then they said I was going straight back into the squad, but I didn’t know I was starting until Friday.
“We were in training and I was a bit surprised when he [gaffer] said I was starting. It is an unbelievable feeling, there is no better feeing than scoring your first and second goals in the league.
“I have been waiting for this day and there is no better feeling than scoring. I just got myself in the area. Before the game, they [coaching staff] were saying ‘get yourself in the box and put it on your foot’ and that’s exactly what I did, and it’s set me off nicely.”
Luke’s first goal came in the 12th minute of the game and got the game flowing for the boys in Green.
“It was a great ball in from Coops [George Cooper] and before the game, I got told to get myself between the posts and score, and that’s what I did,” said Luke.
“I thought the ‘keeper was going to save it because he got a hand to it but, as soon as it hit the back of the net, I was happy.”
Byron Moore was Argyle’s second goal-scorer of the day as he volleyed a tremendous finish at the far post.
“Again, Coops put it on a plate and Byron got a great finish,” Luke said, “but I thought, not just me and not just Byron, the whole team was outstanding today.”
The second goal for Luke, and Argyle’s third goal of the day, came from a rebound after Danny Mayor’s initial effort had been fumbled by the home custodian.
“As strikers, that’s what we get told to do,” he said. “If the shot is there, we have got to follow it in and that’s what I did and, gladly, I scored.
“I’m glad he [gaffer] called me back and had the confidence to put me back in straight away. I hope that I have repaid that.
“Ultimately, it is up to the gaffer who plays but I think I have put myself in a good position.”