J & P Coats, the clan of Pawtucket thread makers, will pay a visit to Bethlehem on Saturday afternoon to test the merits of the Bethlehem Steel F. C. and if the most recent performances of the thread spinners can be taken as a criterion, it's going to be a red hot game for the Steel booters.
Coats is one of the clubs that was unfortunate in getting away to a good start, and as a result, is occupying a position in the second division of the league. However, position in league standing at this stage of the season means little particularly as far as Coats is concerned, and the recent performance of the Pawtucket eleven will vouch for this.
Topnotch contenders for the league honors sustained setbacks at the hands of Coats in the last several weeks. In fact, in the last three games played by the Pawtucket team, the league leading club to take the count for defeats were the celebrated Boston eleven; Sam Fletcher's fast-racing Providence team, the latter now second in the league standing, and to top this excellent record, Coats put back the Indiana Flooring aggregation.
Such victories are what was needed to inspire the necessary confidence and set the Coats machine in motion in a victorious stride. Fresh from the victories over these outstanding clubs, the Coats team will come to Bethlehem on Saturday afternoon, when starting at 2:30 o'clock, they will try conclusions with the Steel Workers.
Records disclose that the Coats eleven has not been successful in a game against Bethlehem Steel on home loam in the last three season and will probably invade the confines of the Steel Field more determined than ever to upset this dope. But once in that period of time have the thread spinners been able to stave off defeat, and that was in a draw game three years ago.
The Steel Workers are at present called upon to make a desperate stand if they are to get to the top of the league standing and make a bid for the league honors, so that efforts will be made to field the strongest club possible. With the exception of a few positions, such as the celebrated center halfback line, Stark, at center forward, and Malcolm Goldie, at outside left, the choice to oppose the Coats team is at this time a matter of speculation.
With football a thing of the past for the 1925 season, soccer will from now on be the chief sports morsel for outdoor recreation seekers. And of interest to the fans will be the announcement that the opponents drawn to meet Bethlehem in the next half dozen or more games at home are the class of the circuit. Saturday's game should prove a great appetizer to this list of home games.