The Steelmen have a score to settle and New Bedford a record to keep unmarred. On Washington's birthday Bethlehem met the visiting foemen on a neutral grounds at Tiverton, R. I., and the result of the game bowled Bethlehem out of the running for first half league honors. New Bedford, on the other hand, has hit a winning stride in which five straight were hung up and can be expected to fight bitterly to continue this pace.
Much of the success of the winning stride of New Bedford since the start of the second half of the league is attributed to the work of the former Fall River custodian. Some of these victories included such formidable clubs as Fall River, the latter defeated on their home grounds; Providence, also defeated at home, and Brooklyn conquered on the latter's field.
Bethlehem's success in the second half hinges no doubt on a stronger defense and more effectiveness in goal scoring. Opposing teams have registered goals in much too soft a manner to provide any excuse and it might be well if the Bethlehem defense took a page from the book of opponents who have been successful in stopping all sorts of attacks. This also indicates the weakness of the forwards in their efforts to penetrate the net.
The frequent shifts on the forward line are made, according to the management, in hopes of strengthening the goal scoring possibilities and for that reason Archie Stark, veteran member of the Bethlehem team, will be seen at the center forward berth. This change was made in recognition of his sterling work at New Bedford last Wednesday when the display he game indicated that he has again returned to his old form. Stark will be well supported on the forward line by Gillespie, Jaap, Rollo and Goldie. The halfback line will be the veteran trio comprising McDonald, Carnihan and MacGregor while the backs will see a change in the right opposition which will be played by Allan instead of McMeekin. Hugh Reid will be at the other back position.
Bethlehem's success in the game on Saturday will no doubt be determined by their ability to solve Blair, custodian par excellence. When with Fall River last year this player was seemingly at his best against Bethlehem and fans can readily recall one game played here in which the Steelmen were all over the Marksmen insofar as the run of the game was concerned but were unable to get any of their many labeled shots past Blair.
The kickoff will be promptly at 3 o'clock with the probable lineup of the teams as follows:
Bethlehem Steel -- New Bedford
Edwards -- G -- Blair
Allan -- RFB -- McMillan
H. Reid -- LFB -- Lorimer
McDonald -- RHB -- Maxwell
Carnihan -- CHB -- Montgomery
MacGregor -- LHB -- McLaughlin
Gillespie -- OR -- Chedzol
Jaap -- IR -- Ballantyne
Stark -- CF -- Patterson
Rollo -- IL -- McLeavy
Goldie -- OL -- Best