Bethlehem Steel will clean the slate of one of the three New England opponents yet to be opposed in the American Soccer League race on Saturday afternoon when the J & P Coats booters come to Bethlehem in hopes of taking the measure of the Steel Workers. Incidentally this stellar outdoor attraction will be one of the last three home games to be played this season and will probably give the Steel dribblers the strongest opposition.
Trailing Fall River by a margin of two points and with an excellent chance of overcoming the league leaders, the crack Bethlehem booters will take no chances with their invading rivals and fully realize that Coats is and always has been a hard club to beat in the final dash to the wire.
The Steel Workers will send to the post for this game their brilliant array of toe artists, led by the unparalleled goal-getter, Archie Stark, center forward. Stark will be ably assisted by a forward line to be selected later on the condition displayed in the practice sessions this week and probably weather conditions on Sunday will have much to do with the final choice. The Steel Workers are out after the bacon in the American League and will oppose the New England invaders determined to annex the two points.
In a recent game against Coats on the latter's grounds the Steel Workers were victorious, but not until after a hard game in which Pawtucket fans witnessed about one of the cleverest and hardest fought games that had been their lot to gaze on this season. On the day's play the Bethlehem booters were at their best and had to be, for they opposed a team recently rejuvenated with the acquisition of several new players . The same team will come to Bethlehem intact and will have profited in team work by having played together since the last meeting with Bethlehem.
Manager Harvey, of the Coats eleven, has made many changes, especially in the forward line. The rest of the team also underwent a shaking up. Jim Murphy, a former star junior player with the Ashfield Club, of Glasgow, Scotland, and more recently in the Canadian League, will probably be in goal with Sandy Sparks, veteran of many campaigns in the old English first division, coming along in case of an emergency. Either is reliable, but the youth of Murphy and his pronounced ability as a custodian seem to favor him over the veteran Parks.
Captain Stevenson and Allen will be the fullbacks with Bill Adams, Bob Perry and Dick McEvoy the halfbacks. The defensive strength of the team probably lies in the fullback line, for numerous critics have placed this trio at the head of the ranks in the American Soccer League. Harvey and Drummond will be on the right wing and it is expected that Bill Hibbert will be used at center with Pete Sweeney and Nib Hogg completing the forward wall. Walker and McLeavie are also forwards on the squad.
In view of the excellent rating of the two teams, fans should be treated to a hard and well-played game.