Any Port in a Storm
Bethlehem soccer players seem to ignore the old adage that any port in a storm is the best strategy in relieving a dangerous situation. The fact was evident in the National cup game against the Phils on Saturday afternoon, when they were persistent in their clever style of play, with short passes when a good healthy clearance would have quickly carried the ball out of the danger zone. Only MacGregor and McDonald seemed to sense the importance of a good long drive. This style of play in the vicinity of their own goal, when the opponents are pressing, has given the Bethlehem followers many uncomfortable moments when seemingly a good long clearance would immediately relieve the situation. There was no dilly-dallying with the ball by the Phillies when Bethlehem was attacking. Their defense was good long kicks and as a result dangerous situations for the defensive team were instantly converting into threatening attacks. Bethlehem and its players have their own style of play. They rely entirely on scientific manipulation in which passing is the fundamental basis. However, when a team of aggressive players cuts in often to take the ball it would seem that tactic could be change to relieve such conditions. It certainly can't be that Bethlehem's backs lack impetus in their drives to negotiate long kicks.
Breaking Tough for New Player
Sympathies were freely distributed for Tommy Connors, a Detroit player, who for the first time donned a uniform for the Phillies on Saturday afternoon and much of the defensive strength of the team can be attributed to his brilliant playing. The work of Connors stood out prominently and the staunchest dyed-in-the-wool could not help but recognize and appreciate his playing. It was through his hard and aggressive work that misfortune was doled out to him with little more than 10 minutes to go to the final whistle. Tackling Goldie who was on the ball, the two went down in the collision. Goldie quickly regained his feet but Connors, writhing in pain, remained on the pitch. The sympathetic Jock Ferguson, Bethlehem medico, in the absence of a similar attendant with the Phillie club, rushed out on the field but the injured man was beyond any aid that Jock might administer. He fractured his left arm and was taken to a hospital. The thing uppermost in mind is whether the Philadelphia club is in a financial position to give the player the necessary assistance. Gleaned from what is said, the Phils have been flirting with bankruptcy for quite some time and the financial situation is such, it is said, that rumors prevalent threatened to transfer the franchise. Connors seemed to be a nice young chap and certainly his conduct and playing in the cup game was beyond any reproach. He played hard and clean. It is also understood that the young man is the support of a mother or sister. His injury is going to keep him idle a good many weeks. It would be commendable of the Phils if they could arrange a benefit game.