Saturday's national league game between Robins F. C. and Bethlehem is expected to be the best seen in Bethlehem in a number of years. In fact, it is doubtful if a team with the ability of the Robins has ever been seen in this community. For the past few years the Steel Workers have held undisputed sway in the soccer world, and the Brooklyn organization is the first to seriously challenge the locals on any field. Among their victims this season were the Ben Millers of St. Louis and Fore River F. C. of Quincy, Mass., the teams who recently fought out the final in the U. S. championship. Two other notable victories gather by the Robins were at the expense of Bethlehem, whom they defeated both in the national and the American cup. T he only team who defeated the Robins this season was the Fore River team of Quincy, Mass., and the dockers proved that they were superior to Fore River by coming back the following week and reversing the decision.
Harry Ratican Robins' center forward, has failed to score against Bethlehem in three and one-half hours play, but nevertheless he is a dangerous player, and will require the same attention as he has received in the two previous games. Campbell game him little leeway at Brooklyn and Newark, and he will have to be just as attentive on Saturday, as the big center forward has declared his intention of giving Duncan the pleasure of picking a few balls out of the net.
The Robins will probably rely on the same team that defeated the Bethlehem team in the final of the American cup, and the locals will have one or two changes in the line-up.
Collier, Bethlehem's right fullback, who was injured in the American cup final, is rounding again into fine shape and will probably be seen in the line-up on Saturday.
MacKenna, Bethlehem's new center forward, proved a success against Erie F. C. but the Eries and the Robins are two different propositions and he will receive the acid test on Saturday.