After the big training session on Thursday afternoon in which Basarta, goalie of the Colon Club in the Lehigh Valley Soccer League, had his first fling with the major leaguers, it became apparent that Bethlehem will have a lineup slightly changed over that of last week when the local booters took two games from the New York Giants.
It developed that Carnihan was injured in the second of the Giants games and although he might be available in an emergency he will be more likely to be laid up for a rest. The same applies to Tommy Gillespie, wing forward, who is still bothered with an injured knee.
The first round of the National Challenge Cup competition will be played the following weekend and when this blue ribbon soccer classic is launched it is desired that every regular in the Bethlehem squad be in good condition. Bethlehem will wage its first round cup game against the Cantons, of Baltimore, on the latter's ground.
However, in spite of the absence of Carnihan, Gillespie and perhaps one or two other regulars, the team should not be weakened by the reserves to be pressed into service. Changes on the forward line will see Jaap, a forward who is as adept at outside as well as inside position, in Gillespie's berth. Joe Mulhall, on the shelf with an injure shoulder for more than a month, is again ready for service and will pair off with Jaap on the right side.
The goal scoring Stark who is standing up well under the intensive campaign in the league and undoubtedly playing in his best form at the present time, will be at center forward, flanked on the left by Massie and either Rollo or Malloy. The eighteen year old Bayonne, N. J., youngster is showing great promise and if selected in favor of the veteran Rollo it will be to take advantage of garnering more experience.
While the absence of Carnihan on the forward line will be regretted, his position will be capably taken care of by Matt Wilson, McGregor and Reid will complete this trio with Marshall and Allan at the back position.
The Rangers have submitted the same lineup which successfully flopped the Hakoah All-Stars last Sunday afternoon to create one of the most unexpected upsets in the Eastern League competition thus far this season. By virtue of that victory Rangers are tied with Bethlehem in first place in the league standing. The lineup of the teams will probably be:
Bethlehem -- Rangers
Basanta -- G -- Duncan
Marshall -- RFB -- Wilson
Allan -- LFB -- Rankin
Reid -- RHB -- O'Neill
Wilson -- CHB -- Terris
McGregor -- LHB -- Stewart
Jaap -- OR -- Kelley
Mulhall -- IR -- Webster
Stark -- CF -- Moore
Massie -- IL -- Herd
Malloy -- OL -- Pierce
Referee: J. H. Carpenter. Linesmen, Horace Williams and William Forrest.