The Bethlehem Steel F. C. have a heavy obligation over the weekend when soccer interests throughout the American Soccer League will be directed to the battle scheduled for the Steel Field. The occasion is the second visit here of the league leading Fall River team, a club that comes to Bethlehem with a slat clean of defeats at the hands of the Steel Workers and incidentally with victories tucked away in both of the previous meetings.
If the Steelmen are to stop the dizzy pace of Fall River, which has established them a firm lead at the top of the American League ladder, opinion among fans is generally that the time and place to do it will be on home loam on Saturday afternoon. It will be the last visit of Fall River to Bethlehem this season, although Bethlehem still has one more game to play against the champions on the latter's ground later in the season.
Recovered from the shock of the setback at the hands of Wolfenden Shore in Philadelphia last Sunday, the Steel Workers started training with a more determined attitude for the Fall River contest. Furthermore, the management assures that there will be no rearranged lineup to appear against the champions, but every regular will be pressed into service. This practically means that Johnny Jaap and Johnny Granger will be the selection for the right wing, with Archie Stark back at his berth at center forward.
It is also expected that Bill Carnihan will be back at the center half position. The big fellow was eliminated in the lineup in the last several games to rest up and according to reports filtering from headquarters, he is again physically fit.
Although a league game, the contest promises to be played with all the tenacity of a cup affair, in which no quarter will be asked and not any shown. The Steelmen are stinging under the defeat of the two previous games and will fight their hardest to down the invading rival.
Fall River has a big weekend for in addition to the Bethlehem game the champions are booked for a tilt in Brooklyn on Sunday. The game is a replay, decreed by the American Soccer League officials after Fall River protested the game in which Brooklyn was the victor by the score of 2 to 0.
Danny Oates, popular Philadelphia referee and conceded one of the best officials in the country, is assigned to have charge of the game here. This will be the first appearance of Oates in Bethlehem this season and, in fact, one of the few league games he has refereed this year. In view of the importance of the game, the league made a wise choice when it assigned the refereeing task to Oates. His neutral lines will be James Walders and Joseph Murphy, both of Philadelphia.