The game will mark the opening tilt of the second half season in the Eastern Soccer League and will bring together two teams that stand high as the most formidable in the new soccer circuit. The Giants invade Bethlehem smarting under the sting of finishing third in the first half season and determined to qualify for the post-season championship series during the second half which will now be in progress.
Successful against the Hakoah All-Stars another leading contender for the soccer honors in the Eastern Soccer League, the Bethlehem team had a season marred by the Giants. Four league games were played in which honors were shared, the Giants copping two. However, of the Giants victories, one was accomplished on the home lot for the local booters, an experience which is quite unusual for the Bethlehem players.
The Giants with a revamped team starring Andy Stevens, goal getter extraordinary, have cut quite a swath in Eastern League soccer and promise to make it interesting for Bethlehem in every one of the ninety minutes to be played. While Archie Stark, premier center forward in the country, topped the list for individual scoring honors with 27, Stevens, the Giants' sharpshooter was a close second with a total of 27.
While Bethlehem has been forced to campaign the closing part of the first half scheduled with a team badly crippled by injuries and illness the Giants are more than likely to confront one of the strongest lineups in recent weeks. Quite a few of the injured players returned to the game over the last weekend and none the worse for the one game played should be in fine fettle for the Saturday clash.
Most concern of the home team is centered on the condition of the veteran "Bill" Carnihan and Bob MacGregor, halfbacks, whose absence in the game against Newark last Saturday, undoubtedly weakened the outfit. Both players have been under the weather with illness but more than likely will be able to play on Saturday.
With Carnihan and MacGregor available to take their place on the halfback line, Bethlehem will probably present its strongest team of the last several weeks. Matt Wilson, who played center back, can again be shifted assigned him regularly and will pair off with Billy Allan at fullback.
Finneran, the giant goalie who was signed last week and sported Bethlehem colors in his first game against Newark last Saturday will make his home debut.