Referee in Cup; Linesmen in League Games
In the schedule of games submitted by the American Soccer League it is interesting to note that A. Lawrie, the individual who officiated the New Bedford-Bethlehem Steel game at New Bedford last week, is listed as a neutral linesman in two of the contests over the weekend. Also pleasing to note is the fact that Danny Oates has been named to handle the game as referee between Bethlehem Steel and Fall River to be played here on Saturday afternoon. The inefficiencies of Lawrie, whose honesty, however, is not in the least questioned, are the basis of the protest of the Bethlehem Steel team. It does seem as though discretion was misplaced when with no other games on the date in question Lawrie drew the assignment to referee the important cup tilt and for league games is set down, to the task of a neutral linesman. Particularly so when a raft of referees recognized as topnotchers in their profession were allowed to run loose. The opinion that the game today is too fast for Lawrie is not only entertained her but would most certainly be voiced by clubs in his own district.
Irish Internationalist With Fall River
When Bethlehem Steel and Fall River square off in their league game fans will center their interest on the playing of Dave Croft, an Irish Internationalist, who up Fall River way is touted a sensationally clever and accurate goal-shooting front liner. Croft was a mid-season acquisition to Fall River, making his debut shortly after Manager Marks took a brief journey abroad. At the time of the trip it was presumed that the purpose was to secure a player or players to bolster up the team and the object became more or less convincing when shortly afterward Croft donned a Fall River uniform. Fall River fans were somewhat disgruntled with the display of the team in early season although Fall River continued to win or draw its games. With Croft in the lineup they seem perfectly in accord with the management and the speedy forward is already a popular idol with the home crowd.