“Score goals and keep on scoring” is the ultimatum to the players of the Bethlehem soccer team in answer to the gossip heard among the fans intimating that once the team attains a lead the players become careless and then when threatened are unable to recover their winning stride.
This gossip emanated after Bethlehem was leading New Bedford 3 to 0, last Saturday at the end of the first half and then was beat out by the score of 4 to 3. The Whalers came back and scored three goals within twenty minutes and inspired by this success kept pressing to nose out victorious in the last few minutes of play while Bethlehem was unable to recover its first half stride.
Philadelphia will be the opponent in an Eastern League game here on Saturday afternoon and the players will be advised to go out and score a hundred goals, if possible. If an early lead is obtained they will be advised, and in no mild terms, not to rest on their oars but keep plugging up to the final whistle.
While the Quakers are not expected to furnish the opposition of the New Bedford team or ran in strength with the Giants or Hakoah All-Stars, the home booters will take no chances, for victory must be forthcoming to restore prestige and again advance the team to the league leading position in the league standing enjoyed until the Whalers celebrated their return to organized ranks. Instead of being on the top of the heap, Bethlehem is now in fourth position.
Davy Robertson and Steve Smith the latter one of the best goalies in the business did not accompany the Brooklyn team to Fall River last Sunday and rumor is afloat in New York intimating that both players have quit the club to join Bethlehem. Verification of this rumor was obtained at the headquarters of the local club. Insofar as Robertson is concerned this player was not considered but it is admitted that Smith would be a most welcome acquisition. The club negotiated with the Brooklyn custodian and while the Wanderers were steaming to Fall River last Saturday, Smith was in Bethlehem talking terms with the local management. He is now considering the teams but as yet has given the Bethlehem team no definite answer.