Undaunted by the defeat at the hands of Indiana Flooring last Sunday afternoon, the Bethlehem soccer team started practice on Monday afternoon determined to launch another winning stride. Handicapped somewhat by injuries, the prospects at this early date, however, are that every regular will be able to take his position against the Providence team here on Saturday afternoon.
The game will be the second meeting. A week ago last Sunday the Bethlehems journeyed to Providence where they defeated Sam Fletcher's Whalers by the score of 3 to 1. However, Fletcher, a former star fullback on the Bethlehem team, profited by that setback and is expected to bring a team to Bethlehem that will be well versed in a style of play to combat the tactics of the Bethlehem aggregation.
Providence, like Indiana Flooring, is rated as one of the strongest teams in the circuit. However, the Whalers have not yet seemingly struck their stride but are expected to start a winning spurt most any time. Every time Sam Fletcher has come to Bethlehem his ambition has been to defeat his former teammates and with Fletcher, a brilliant student of the sport, it can be expected that the team he brings here Saturday will be better able to cope with the Bethlehems than the team that met Bethlehem in Providence.
Johnny Granger and Dave Gillespie, a Bethlehem right wing, both were forced to retire from the game last Saturday because of injuries. Fortunately the injures were like more than bruises and not as serious as at first thought. They were expected to report today and be ready to play if needed.
Another welcome acquisition will be Whitey McDonald, who has been on the injured list for the past two weeks. McDonald was carefully nursed and will more than likely be at his regular position in the halfback line when the Steel Workers square off against Providence on Saturday.
Bethlehem is confronted with probably the hardest weekend bill of the season. The team will hardly have finished the game on Saturday before the players will be hustled to the station to board a train for New York. On the same evening, the team will take a sleeper to Boston, arriving Sunday morning and from Boston will journey to Tiverton, Mass., where in the afternoon Fall River will be the opponent on the home grounds. In a previous meeting, the game played in Bethlehem, the Steel Workers and Fall River battled to a draw.