Team-mates as Woking were struggling for form, Macauley Bonne and Boreham Wood’s Gozie Ugwu hardly hit it off in the Cards’ attack.
Early 2017 now seems a world away. Ugwu is spearheading Wood’s attack with some impressive performances and Bonne needs nothing in the way of an introduction.
The two meet on opposite sides on Saturday lunchtime in the live BT Sport match.
Leyton Orient are looking to maintain their advantage at the top while Boreham Wood need a season kick-start.
Previewing the game, well-travelled Ugwu knows it’s not just his former strike-partner they need to keep an eye on.
He said: “I’m so pleased for Macca I really am. It shows what football is all about I think.
“It really wasn’t long ago at at that we were playing up front together for Woking and for whatever reason confidence was really low.
“Things can change so quickly and you’re up and running before you know it. He was on loan looking to get some minutes and some goals but he went back to Orient and something changed.
“Now you see what he is doing and wonder how he ever had a bad patch! It’s a lesson to others that confidence does come and go but class is permanent.
“But they have got a lot of good players. Another player I used to play with at Reading is Jobi McAnuff. He’s such an incredible pro to still be playing as well as he is at 37 is a credit to him.”
At the age of 25, the Wood frontman has really put in some miles himself.
Playing in the south west with Yeovil and Plymouth, he has also been in Berkshire with Wycombe, of course Surrey with Woking and at Ebbsfleet in Kent.
His time at Chesterfield, where is on loan from, has been plagued by injury while he also went on loan to Shrewsbury.
Not just that, he also spent time and scored goals in Scotland, after landing a move to Dunfermline Athletic.
“I actually think it’s becoming more and more regular for players to do this now,” he explained.
“Players are getting year-long contracts now unlike before maybe when clubs were giving longer deals. Players also aren’t worried about loan moves - there’s a big desire to play because of that.
“I’m a Chesterfield player but trust me I feel very much a part of it here and I am at Boreham Wood until the end of the season.
“We think there’s still a good chance we can get into the play-offs and that’s what we aim to do.”
But after losing at home to then-bottom side Dover Athletic last time out, can they realistically stop top of the table Leyton Orient this weekend?
“Absolutely,” he said. “Aside the that game, our home form is good. We haven’t lost too many games here over the past few seasons.
“It didn’t go to plan against Dover, but this has the feel of a really big game and it gives you that little bit extra.
“It’s about who turns up on the day as the National League has been unpredictable this season.”