The pace set by Newark in the cup grind, advancing to the semi-final round, just about forecasts the opposition Bethlehem faces in this rejuvenated clan of Jerseymen who come here to entertain in the league squabble. Among some of the clubs disposed of by Newark to reach the semi-final round was the defeat of the New York Giants, the latter, a team that recently defeated the Steelmen.
Having profited by the experience of a quite unexpected reverse on a previous visit of Newark to Bethlehem, the locals are taking to their training seriously and with prospects of having the majority of the players available for Saturday's game, the strongest lineup possible will no doubt be fielded. The value of two points at home, it is now realized , is just as important as winning away.
For many of the players who appeared against Newark in the disastrous league defeat, the first ever scored by the Jerseymen over Bethlehem on the local pitch, wholesale releases were in order. No lass than three players who appeared in the game were presented with a pink slip the following week. The aim of the management is to have a reserve list of players who are quite as capable as the regulars so that changes can be made for the weekend double headers without effecting the strength of the team.
Having a hard game against Brooklyn on Saturday it is only natural that some of the strength of the club will be reserved for that contest. The Steelmen have not recovered from the sting of being eliminated in the National Cup tie contest and will strive hard to avenge that setback when they clash with Agar's Brooklynites on the latter's field on Sunday afternoon.
There are several positions for the game against Newark in which as yet the choice is problematic. "Bill" Carnihan, two headed center half, who thrilled with his dashing work against Providence last Saturday, is not certain of being in his regular berth. In the event of his absence the veteran Robert McGregor will shift to the pivot position with McDonald ready to go and Willie Reid the flanking halfbacks.
The work of Johnny Rollo, the diminutive utility man, has greatly impressed in recent games and it almost certain that Rollo will see service on Saturday. His distribution of play against Providence, the long sweeping passes to the wings, was as pretty as witnessed here this season. Rollo may play on the forward line and again he may be stationed with the halfbacks. However, no mater to what position he is assigned the management can feel confident that he is capable of the job.