Horncastle Town manager Mickey Stones believes the Lincolnshire League has got a new competitive edge - and that suits the Wongers just fine.
With no side having played more than four matches so far, only Brigg Town CIC and Lincoln Moorlands Railway remain unbeaten.
Moorlands are the only team left with a 100 per cent record, and they’ve only played twice.
And with teams able to take points off one another, Stones believes it has brought some added excitement to the league.
“Some seasons in the Lincs League, after about four games, you would know who was going to win it,” he told The News.
“You couldn’t afford to drop points because other teams around you would be ruthless.”
Last year Horncastle and Skegness Town, who have since moved up to the Northern Counties East League Division One, pushed champions Ruston Sports for the title.
But this season, Stones believes, things will be even more open
“Some years you could get a few months in and if you were out the cups you didn’t really have anything to play for,” he added.
“That wasn’t the case so much last season, but that’s only because so many games were postponed.
“But it’s different this season. There are only 13 teams, but most of them are really strong teams.
“It looks like everyone’s going to take points of each other and it’s too early to try to call it.
“But that’s what we want. You want to play really hard games week-in, week-out as they’re the ones you want to be involved in.”
The Wongers were without a game on Saturday, but bounced back from their first defeat of the campaign, against Lincoln United DS, to beat Louth Town 2-1 at The Wong last Wednesday.
They have now recorded seven points from their opening four contests.
“We were disappointed against Lincoln United, but this year we know you can afford to lose a couple of games and still be in with a chance,” Stones added.
“It’s just the start of the season and there’s everything to play for.”
Town return to action on Saturday as they travel to face early pacesetters Cleethorpes Town Reserves (KO 3pm).