With the deep seated ambition to capture the two American Soccer League points over the weekend and remain secure at the top of the club standing, Bethlehem Steel will field a club on Lehigh Field on Saturday afternoon determined to score a victory over Harold Brittan and his New Bedford outfit.
Bethlehem’s championship aspirations are further inspired after the grind of last weekend, when three hard teams were bowled over in consecutive days, and will make their first home appearance on Saturday.
The visitors will sport a forward line ranked as one of the best balanced and speediest in the league. Starring in the quintet are Checzoy, an outside right, Brittan, a center forward, and Tommy Maxwell, former Bethlehem player, at inside right. Another former Bethlehem player with the visitors and one who always plays his best against Bethlehem is the scrappy Bill Lorimer
The Bethlehem management is somewhat concerned over the halfback line which when in tact is without a doubt the greatest in the league. This concern is brought about by injuries which seem slow in healing and which might result in some drastic changes for the Saturday game. McDonald, not seen in a home game for four or five weeks, will not be ready to play. Although training with the team regularly the club will take no chances of aggravating his injured leg. Rankin, who has been staging a bang up game in McDonald’s position is also threatened with being indisposed. The hard grind of last week left its effects on Rankin who is also nursing an injured leg. Today the management was uncertain of his starting. Should Rankin also remain on the side lines MacGregor, versatile in any position on the halfback line but paying most of his games on the left side, will go to right half and Arthur Robertson, a halfback and forward, be pressed into service.
With the exception of the halfback line, the club will field a team intact with regulars. Stark, until recently tried at inside right, will be back in the center position with the aggressive and veteran Granger at the inside position. Granger will be flanked by the little speed merchant, Johnny Jaap. The inside will see George Forrest in action at the inside post and Malcolm Goldie on the outside wing. The backs will be Barrie and Allen with Edwards in goal.
The game will be started at 3 o’clock. Incidentally it will probably be the last to be called at that hour. The days are rapidly getting shorter and it is more than likely that the league executives will take cognizance and arrange the hour of 2:30 for future games.
The probable lineup of the teams follows:
Bethlehem – New Bedford
Edwards – G -- Steele
Barrie – RFB -- Cowan
Allan – LFB – Gibson
Rankin – RHB – Ritchie
Carnihan – CHB -- Montgomery
MacGregor – LHB -- Lorimer
Jaap – OR -- Checzoy
Granger – IR -- Maxwell
Stark – CF -- Brittan
Forrest – IL -- McLeavie
Goldie – OL – Hutchinson