Luke Garrard admits he never imagined Boreham Wood's game against Tranmere Rovers on Tuesday (kick-off 7.45pm) would be a top-of-the-table clash, but the winners at Meadow Park will be the early National League leaders.
Gary Brabin's Rovers are top after winning all three of their fixtures - making them the only side to do so. But that is hardly unexpected after the Wirrall outfit were relegated from the Football League for the first time in 94 years in 2015.
Wood, on the other hand, have taken everyone - including their manager - by surprise after winning two and drawing one of their first three games to climb to second.
Asked if he could have expected to be part of a top two clash, Garrard said: "Not at all, I don't think anyone could imagine we would be playing a top-of-the-table clash at this stage, especially with the start we've had.
"We've played a team that got relegated last year (York City), the play-off finalists (Forest Green Rovers) and the play-off semi-finalists (Dover Athletic).
"Seven points out of nine is a very good return and I'm very happy. But we've got to kick on now."
Wood pulled off a shock win at Prenton Park last season, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Graeme Montgomery and Harry Crawford.
It was just their second win of the season following promotion and one of the most memorable results from the club's debut season in the National League.
"It was early on in the season and we went there with a side that had very much just come up out National League South," recalled Garrard. "We were organised and well drilled and caugh them on the counter and got our joy.
"They've started very well - three wins out of three - and I think he's got his team playing the way he wants to play.
"It will be a tought task but we will look forward to playing the top side on Tuesday and hopefully give a good account of ourselves."
Tranmere finished sixth in their inaugural season in the National League after losing just two of their final 11 fixtures.
After an influx of new signings last summer, former Luton Town boss Brabin fine-tuned his squad this summer with the captures of former Crystal Palace defender Jeff Hughes, Wrexham forward Connor Jennings and Chorley striker Darren Stephenson.
Jamaican forward Stephenson began his career with Bradford City before sliding into non-league football. However, the 23-year-old has resurfaced at Prenton Park after hitting 18 goals for National League North side Chorley last season - the best return of his career.
However, it is a member of last season's squad, James Norwood, who has stolen the headlines this season with four goals in just three appearances already.
The former Forest Green Rovers and England C forward netted twice in the opening-day win at Bromley, following that up with a penalty in the 2-0 win over Barrow. And on Saturday the 25-year-old bagged a 90th-minute winner in the 2-1 win over Eastleigh.
Boreham Wood have one former Rovers player in their ranks. Full-back Danny Woodards made five appearances for the club as they were relegated at the end of the 2014/15 campaign before joining Wood.