Champions Bumped Hard
It was something unusual for the Bethlehem Steel team to experience a brace of defeats over the weekend. Especially after running wild in league and cup games for the last two months. On Saturday New Bedford, a heated rival, bumped off the champions and on Sunday, Indiana Flooring had the same pleasure. Incidentally, both victories were cherished ones, for with New Bedford were Sturdy Maxwell and Neil Turner, two former Steelmen, while sporting the colors of Indiana Flooring were Davy Ferguson and Bob Millar, both of whom also did duty at one time for the Steel Workers. The games were league affairs and incidentally do not affect the status of the club insofar as the American Soccer League cup competition is concerned. It is the cup, after all, that counts most for Bethlehem, and no other club as a matter of fact, had the slightest chance of overhauling the league leading Fall River delegation.
Opportunity to Avenge the Setback
As a result of the victory over the Bethlehem team, New Bedford is riding pretty in second place in the league standing, the position in which the team will probably conclude the season. The Steelmen may get a chance to avenge their league setback in a game which carries with it the honors of a cup competition. That is, providing New Bedford and Bethlehem survive the semi-final round of the Lewis cup fracas. In a game necessitating an extra thirty minute period, Providence eliminated Boston in the only cup game played over the weekend by the score of 3 to 1. Providence and New Bedford will now clash in the semi-final round of the New England bracket. The Steelmen meet the Giants for the Metropolitan district supremacy.
Get First Crack at Giants
Local fans who have been deprived of any of the cup classics will be treated to the opportunity of seeing the home club in one of these games next Saturday afternoon, thanks to the new system adopted as an experiment for this season by the league executives and which calls for a home-and-home game with the club compiling the highest aggregate total of gals in the two contest, thus advancing as finalists. Under the biggest guarantee ever offered a league club, the management has turned down overtures to play the game elsewhere in recognition of the loyalty of the few cash customers who make Steel Field their mecca for soccer tilts. The Giants protest vigorously against coming to Bethlehem. The local management did its share and it now remains with the fans to respond and contribute their bit. “Send the Giants back home with a different opinion of Bethlehem loyalty and support,” is the slogan.