A summer of investment clearly geared to making sure Scunthorpe United’s stay is a short one ensured the Iron were well tipped this summer.
But with the arrival of experienced high profile players comes expectation - and of course you suddenly become the club they all want to beat!
Jimmy Dean knew this season wouldn’t be walk in the park, but so far so good for the Iron.
Big wins against Scarborough, Rushall Olympic and Darlington were backed up by a gritty victory at Tamworth and a draw against Dean’s previous club Peterborough Sports.
Their ten new players have settled quickly and Dean probably wouldn’t have wanted to hear it, but counterpart Alun Armstrong pretty much declared them champions in August after Scunny eased to a 4-0 victory over the Quakers a few weeks in.
But they certainly didn’t have it all their own way last month.
Curzon Ashton made sure of that, beating the former Championship club and it marked a highlight in their unbeaten start.
Only Scunthorpe have more points on the board and their midfielder Will Hayhurst played a huge part with no fewer than four goals and two assists
By the end of August he was tied at the top of the goalscoring charts with perennial Golden Boot winner Glen Taylor and Danny Whitehall.
He scored twice against Rushall, once against Warrington and also hit the back of the net against Darlington after showing his class from the middle of the park.
He was superb as Curzon defeated Scunthorpe too and although they aren’t one of the fancied teams, manager Adam Lakeland and his squad will be more than happy to keep going under the radar.
Congratulations to our two worthy August winners!