Rain or shine or on a wet or dry field, the Bethlehem Steel dribblers are all set to stop the winning stride of J & P Coats, of Pawtucket, R. I., when the thread spinners invade Bethlehem Saturday afternoon for their American Soccer League game against the locals.
Extensive preparations have been made by the Steel booters for this game, for the activities of Coats in recent games have been such as to indicated that Bethlehem will have to be on its mettle to annex the two points in the American League race.
Any team that can stop Boston and Providence in the same weekend and then follow up this success with a decisive win over Indiana Flooring is one that cannot be treated very lightly, and one that is certain to make a determined stand to upset the championship aspirations of the Bethlehem clan.
With this in mind the Bethlehem booters have gone ahead with their preparations this week with intensive activities and the practice sessions have been long and hard. After practice concluded today it became apparent that the management is practically decided on starting the same lineup which completely mastered Indiana in the game here last Saturday.
That will mean that the forward line will have Archie Stark at the pivot position with Rollo and Goldie comprising the left wing and the aggressive Granger and hard-shooting Forrest on the right. With this forward line the Steel management hopes to match, if not better, the speed and prowess of Harvey, Drummond, Langley and the other Coats forwards.
Satisfied the Bethlehem has the best center halfback line in the league, the inclusion of Messrs. Carnihan, MacGregor and McDonald is assured. In this game, Carnihan will have a keen rival for center half honors in Bob Perry, the Coats captain.
Both Have Speedy Backs
Bethlehem's backs, Allan and Berryman, are also assured a wild session, for in matching the speed and shooting qualifications of the thread spinners' front liners, they are certain to have 90 minutes of good hard work. Berryman, who recently was added tot he Bethlehem roster, played several games for the Steel Workers, but the most severe test will most likely be experienced against Coats. However, the newcomer has displayed enough stuff to inspire the confidence of the management and that is why he is given preference over the more seasoned veterans for this position. Bill Highfield, the elongated custodian, is again slated to work between the uprights.
In a league ruling, the kickoff will be at 2:30 o'clock instead of 3. The probable lineup follows:
Bethlehem -- Coats
Highfield -- G -- Parks
Berryman - -RFB -- McLeod
W. Allen -- LFB -- J. Allan
McDonald -- RHB -- Sinclair
Carnihan -- CHB -- Perry
MacGregor -- LHB -- McAvoy
Forrest -- OR -- Harvey
Granger -- IR -- Drummond
Stark -- CF -- Adam
Rollo -- IL -- Lorimer
Goldie -- OL -- Hogg