Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe took the decision to thrust teenager Luke Jephcott into a first-team start at Scunthorpe United in League Two and was rewarded with a match-winning display.
Just over 24 hours after being recalled from a loan spell at Truro City, where Jephcott had scored plenty of goals in the Southern League, the Wales Under-19 international was steering home Argyle’s opener at the Sands Venue Stadium.
Byron Moore’s brilliantly volley doubled the Pilgrim advantage and then Jephcott pounced for his second in a 3-1 victory for the Greens, with both goals the sort of poaching finishes Argyle have been missing this season.
“We had a debate about it [starting Luke] when we brought him back and we gave him the opportunity in training [on Friday],” said Lowe.
“He’s been different class and still trained with us [when he wasn’t at Truro]. He’s learnt, he’s listened and why wouldn’t we give him a chance? He’s gone away to Truro, at a different level, but he’s scored plenty of goals.
“It’s what we’ve been missing, so we thought ‘let’s get him back in the building.'”