Only Too True
In recounting the details of games played away from home there are many sports followers inclined to believe that the comments are at times highly colored with exaggerated local flavor. This is particularly true insofar as soccer is concerned, and more particularly when Bethlehem meets its old rival, Fall River, on the latter's grounds. The Fall River scribes, however, are a fair shooting crowd, and win or lose, have the courage to type their convictions. A few excerpts snatched from the Fall River Globe are quite convincing of Bethlehem's superiority over the Marksmen, the latter who are again to be the foemen of Bethlehem Steel on the home lot on Saturday afternoon. For the enlightenment of local soccer boosters, Bethlehem's victory is commended with the following:
"The win was a well deserved one for Bethlehem as their play was superior to that of the locals from start to finish. As things turned out the Marksmen were fortunate to hold their opponents to a single goal. There were three times at least when Bethlehem was prevented from scoring only by the narrowest of margins. Once Charlie McGill risked injury by a headlong dash across the goal mouth and headed to safety, with Harper fighting his way back to the net after having made a fine save an instant previous. Tate and Wilson saved goals by timely stops while the defense gave Stark a wide open shot at one time when an effort to play the Bethlehem center off-side failed, but Stark obligingly made a poor shit with a good chance to score.
With the above and many other meritorious comments typed by the same scribe the vote must be unanimous that the game was won on its merits.
There is room in the American Soccer League for good officials. Officials of the type who are courageous, quite to size up the situation in rendering a decision, and who are thoroughly familiar with the game. There are such officials operating in the league and again there are such who it is doubtful could stand the test if put to a stringent quiz. A newcomer to this select circle and who made his debut in the American Soccer League when Bethlehem battled Fall River last Saturday, is Dick Evans, hailing from Detroit. Bethlehem players returned very much impressed with the manner in which he handled the game and with no complaints, but praise instead, emanating from the camp of the defeated team. Evans is accepted as a highly efficient and competition referee and it will be with keen anticipation that local fans will look forward to a visit to Bethlehem. "He follows the ball like a hawk and is always on the spot where action is taking place," says the Globe, "one particularly in which most of the referees are lax. His decisions were fair to both teams and what attempts were made to question his decisions were cut very short."