Mansfield Town and Liam Hearn both enjoyed a massive boost today when the striker was named on the bench eight months after suffering a cruciate knee injury.
It was the goal ace’s third major injury in as many seasons.
With just 11 goals to their name away from home all season, it was just what Mansfield needed away to the eight-placed Pilgrims.
However, keeper Lenny Pidgeley and winger Terry Hawkridge missed out with illness, replaced by Sasha Studer and Rakish Bingham.
Jamie McGuire and Ricky Ravenhill both shook off ankle injuries and Vadaine Oliver a shoulder injury to be involved, McGuire and Oliver staying in the side and Ravenhill returning to the bench.
PLYMOUTH: McCormick, Mellor, Alessandra, R. Reid, Blizzard, Holmes-Dennis, McHugh, B. Reid, O’Connor, Lee, Hartley. Subs: Bittner, Cox, Banton, Harvey, Jones, Ansah, Brunt.
STAGS: Studer, Beevers, Sutton, Riley, Elder, Clements, McGuire, Thomas, Lambe, Bingham, Oliver. Subs: Rhead, Tafazolli, Marsden, Fisher, Fitzpatrick, Hearn, Ravenhill.
REFEREE: Rob Lewis of Shrewsbury.