Everything is in readiness for one of the biggest Christmas sports offerings ever presented in Bethlehem which will witness Bethlehem Steel soccer exponents in conflict with Fall River, soccer champions and leaders in the American Soccer League.
The preparations of the Steel Workers for the game were more extensive this week than ever before. Instead of the usual one and two day training, long practice sessions were held every day this week and the first day of idleness will be experienced today when the players will be resting up and anxiously awaiting the opening whistle of Referee Thomas Cunningham.
Similar preparations were in progress in Fall River and the team is today en route for this district. The night will be spent in New York and the invasion to the Steel City made early on Christmas Day morning. Word from the camp of the league leaders brings the message that the New Englanders are coming on determined to repeat in their victory of several weeks ago.
To Bethlehem a victory means just as much if not more than Fall River for the champions are leading the loop by a comfortable margin. After doing with Bethlehem the visitors have two more games to play before returning home. One against the rejuvenated Phillies who recently held Providence to a scoreless draw and the other against the Brooklyn Wanderers the latter recently reinforced by the acquisition of Burness, a Canadian International star. To Fall River this invasion calls for the hardest series of games attempted by the champions on any trip this season.
Reports were encouraging at the Bethlehem quarters today when it was learned that Bob MacGregor, brilliant left halfback, injured in the game against New Bedford last Saturday, rapidly responded to treatment and will be in his regular position against Fall River. Granger, who was slated for inside right is not yet physically fit but the position should not in the least be weakened with Jim Purvis, former Phillie scoring ace, doing his stuff on the front line. Rollo gets the call for the other inside job with Forrest and Goldie the outside men. Stark, too, displayed fine form in the practice this week in which he concentrated mostly in locating the net.
The goal keeping job will be entrusted to Dave Carson who is seemingly back in his old time form and it is believed will perform satisfactorily. The remainder of the team will be intact with Allen and Berryman fullbacks and Bill Carnihan and Whitey McDonald together with MacGregor rounding out the halfback line.
Tom Cunningham, the referee, worked in the game between Bethlehem and Newark last Saturday and his officiating was highly satisfactory. He will be assisted by neutral linesmen. The kickoff will be at 2:30 o'clock.