HALESOWEN Town have been reaping the rewards for going top of the table with attendances increasing by 30 per cent already this season.

Over 400 supporters packed into the Grove for this week’s 1-0 win over Rainworth Miners Welfare.

And club officials believe only the bad weather prevented them from beating that total in their previous game against Coalville.

But it isn’t only the Grove which is witnessing an upsurge in support as the Yeltz are regularly taking between 70 to 80 supporters on away trips.

Chairman Colin Brookes claimed: “Clubs must love us at the moment. At recent games against Loughborough and Brigg they ran out of food!

“It’s great to see so many people coming back to the club. It just shows that people will come to watch a winning side and that’s what we’re doing at the moment.

“In our last 11 home matches we’ve won 10 of them, the only defeat being against Coalville.

“People always accuse me of having my glass half full, but I have to admit there’s been an amazing turnaround at the club.

“If I’m honest, I don’t think we’re playing particularly well, but the fact is we don’t look like losing.”

This week’s win over Rainworth keeps the Yeltz five points clear at the top of Evo-Stik League Northern Division One South, but their title credentials will be tested with a four-match spell away from home starting at Market Drayton this Saturday.

That game is followed by trips to Sheffield FC, Gresley Rovers and Goole Town.

Neil McKenzie remains a doubt with knee trouble, while Tom Tonks is banned.