It's only the first day of December
It doesn't seem that Hereford United have already played 21 Conference games this season and so have reached the half-way point. After all its only the first day of December.
The Bulls have played every team in the league except Exeter and have completed their first double of the season by beating Farnborough twice.
So far the Bulls have found the net on 50 occasions, which gives them an average of 2.38 goals per game. That must be some sort of a record for a Conference side.
Other stats show that the Bulls are third in the 'cards' league with 29 yellows and 2 reds so far. Even better they have only been penalised for 208 fouls, the lowest in the Conference.
Steve Guinan is second top scorer with 14 Conference goals, three less than leader Giuliano Grazioli of Barnet.
The average attendance at Edgar Street to date is 3479 which is 51% over the reputed budget figure of 2300. Graham Turner will be pleased with that figure as it means that the income from the gates will be about £100,000 higher than predicted. Add to that extra sales of programmes and fresh advertising boards and the balance must look better than expected.
Chairman Graham Turner, however, will point out that he is having to pay the players higher bonuses and probably more importantly that there is no prospect of any more television income from the FA Cup this season. So at the half-way stage he may still feel reluctant to spend any more than really necessary.
Supporters still await last seasons final accounts which are likely to show a five figure profit. Much of that profit will have been spent simply paying bills that were outstanding.
Even at this stage it is difficult to be certain how high income from the turnstiles will be for the remainder of the campaign. For example gates from now on of 3000 might bring in an extra £50,000. There is also, hopefully, the probablity of income from play-off matches.
What the figures show is that there is the ability to take on a couple of extra players for the rest of the season without putting the club into a position where a loss is made this year.