With the Christmas Day afternoon game here against the Philadelphia F. C. the only assignment for Bethlehem, American Soccer League leading club, over the weekend, the management will concentrate its entire attention in fielding the strongest club, to retain its two game lead in the circuit race.
The respite from the grueling weekend double header comes at a most fortunate time, for after one team is selected there would be few available to go to the post in a second game.
The Bethlehems have the keenest regard for the Phillies, having met the revamped team in but one game thus far this season and then had plenty of trouble in scoring a victory by the score of 2 goals to 1. The victories of the Phillies have not been as many as those of other clubs but in scanning the records it will be found that among the teams defeated by the McGinnis clan of booters have been the league leading clubs.
Augmenting from time to time the Quakers now have a roster of players that present one of the best balanced teams in the league. There are no weak spots on the club with the defense equally as brilliant and strong as the forward line. One important change in position was made when Marshall, a speedy outside wing with an accurate aim, was shifted to the center forward position.
Marshall’s ability to score goals, his speed and dashing play together with his fearlessness when on a ball, promoted the change and results have been strongly manifest since. Only last Saturday he played an important part in the clubs 4 to 2 victory over Fall River. The goal scoring possibilities of the team were strengthened when Wardrop, former center forward, was shifted to inside left. The change in positions is similar to one made by the Bethlehem when Archie Stark was taken out of the pivot position and injected at inside right, with Tom Gillespie, as outside wing, taking Stark’s position at center.
Other forwards on the Phillies front line are the speedy Hogg and Maguire, comprising the right wing, and McClure a clever outside right.
Owing to the fact that dusk had already well settled before recent games were completed, the management today announced that the Christmas Day game will be started promptly 2:30.
IT was also announced that the Bethlehem club will exhibit its prowess in Baltimore on January 10. Arrangements have been closed for a game on this date against the Cantor Soccer Club, champions of Maryland.