Chester fans could have perhaps been forgiven for thinking second season syndrome may have been setting in after a painfully slow start.
Young manager Calum McIntyre did great things in year one and knew improving on what was achieved would be a big ask.
But they needn’t have feared - it was only a matter of time until things started to take shape again. After a tricky start, the Seals may look back at October as the month their season spluttered into life.
They won four from four in the National League North and claimed an FA Cup scalp up at Hartlepool United as well.
Defeating Peterborough Sports, Scunthorpe United, Southport and Curzon Ashton along the way, they swatted aside plenty of in-form sides to take 12 points from 12.
He’s not even 30 yet and his reputation is growing with every week as stylish Chester ended October on a six-match unbeaten run.
When it comes to fans who have been through the wringer in 2023, only a few could come close to telling the stories those at Scunthorpe United can.
One very close call, salvation with big signings before another owner issue as eventually things got back on the right path - it’s been a year of very, very mixed emotions.
In amongst a relegation, a title push was born - and at least the players are helping end the year in a positive way.
Jacob Butterfield is one of those who refuses to let what’s gone on get in the way of performance.
He scored two goals and provided three assists in their four matches as they ended October hot on the heels of surprise table toppers Tamworth.
Experienced Butterfield scored a superb winner against Brackley with a free-kick before notching a long-range strike against Spennymoor Town.
Twice last month they hit half a dozen goals and with two months left of the calendar year, fans are wondering what other twists and turns could be heading their way!
Well done to our two deserving October winners!