This will be the third meeting of the elevens, each one of which has earned a victory. In the two games played, only five goals have been scored and Bethlehem has accounted for three of them, having lost the first contest at New York on Oct. 12, by a 1-2 score, and won the second at Bethlehem, Dec. 20, by a 2-0 count while the Floormakers were in a slump.
Bethlehem is now in second place, one point ahead of Boston and three behind the leading Fall River F. C. The Steelmakers have won more games than any other team in the league but in several tight battles have not been able to gain a draw. They have only two draw results to their credit, the same as the New York Giants. The only club lower than these two in this respect is Newark. Fall River's draw games keep the leaders out in front, seven against the pair for the Steelmakers.
Boston, which is one point behind Bethlehem, is scheduled to meet Brooklyn on New Year Day. The Brooklynites are traveling rapidly at present. They have just returned from St. Louis where they electrified that hotbed of soccer by the fine games they played there, winning last Saturday and Sunday.
Therefore, the New Englanders are up against a stiff proposition. If they falter in their task and the Steelmakers are able to break the tie in victories existing between them and Indiana, the hold on second place will be better secured than by the one point of today.
Indiana has recovered from its recent slump and now heads the second division on its way back to prominence in the circuit. On Christmas Day the New Yorkers defeated the Boston F. C. 4-1 and Saturday staved off apparent defeat with Philadelphia by holding the Quakers to a scoreless tie.
Kick off at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, with James Walder, of Philadelphia as referee.