Archie Stark will be at his position at center forward for the Steel Workers when Indiana Flooring invades the Steel Field on Saturday afternoon for the first round of the American League cup competition. That was the encouraging report emanating from headquarters today, and dispenses all rumors of the possibility of the brilliant center forward not starting.
Against Fleisher last Saturday the league's leading goal scorer figured in a collision with Kucklick, the Fleisher goalie, and had to retire ten minutes before the end of the game. He probably could have stuck it out, but rather than take a chance of aggravating his hurt by the treacherous footing he was waved to the sidelines by the management, after he had tallied his fifth goal.
An examination of the injury in the clubhouse at the end of the game revealed a badly bruised cartilage which responded quickly to treatment and today Stark is none the worse for the experience. The rumors of his possible absence had a tendency to cast gloom among the local soccer followers, fully realizing the importance of the first round tilt.
Work is proceeding rapidly in clearing the snow off the playing pitch and this is hoped to be accomplished no later than tomorrow. With fair weather for the remainder of the week and not too cold the playing pitch should be thoroughly dry to ensure a fast and clever game.
While in the three meetings with the Gotham floor-makers to date the Bethlehem clan have annexed the majority of the victories, the Steel Workers are not taking their Saturday task lightly and can readily recall several unexpected defeats which might have been attributed to over-confidence. It is vividly remembered that in the fist meeting with Indiana this season the floormakers turned the trick and Bethlehem suffered on of its first setbacks. Against the leading clubs the records show that the second division teams have been most successful and this condition is ascribed to the inspiration stimulated by the prestige derived in bowling over on of the topnotch clubs.
There will be few changes in the lineup of either club unless Indiana has laid up some of its players for this important competition. If not mistaken the cup rules are such that a player must be signed no less than two weeks prior to the first round to be eligible for competition. If Indiana has secured new talent to reinforce its already strong club, the management has been very successful in not divulging any names.
The Steel Workers will remain intact, for the management seems perfectly satisfied with the players under contract and also confident that with the present personnel, league and cup honors will return to Bethlehem at the close of the season.