The Globe-Times -- Bethlehem
March 12, 1928
Local Team Boots Score to 7 to 2 in Exhibition Game in New Jersey Capital

The Trenton F. C., members of the National League, proved weak opposition for the Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club in an exhibition game at Trenton on Sunday afternoon. The home towners were simply outclassed and lost by the score of 7 goals to 2. After piling up a comfortable lead, the Steelmen eased up and gave the several hundred spectators a display of neat and clever passing and ball control. The game was played with a light rain falling.

The Steelmen easily outclassed Trenton and the result was never in doubt. Bethlehem fell into their short passing game right from the kickoff and led their opponents a merry chase in trying to hold them. Bethlehem lined up with Lilley, a newcomer, at the center forward position. Lilley played for several years in the vicinity of Worcester, Mass., and was given a trial with the Steelmen.

Bethlehem forced the play from the kick-off and Jackson scored the opening goal after five minutes of play with a dandy shot from 18-yards range. Gillespie had some nice turns on the wing, which gave the Trenton defense lots of trouble. From one of his runs Jackson added a second goal. After this reverse, the National Leaguers took up the running and threatened Edwards. A long pass from Bell to Lindsay led to Trenton's first goal. Lindsay beat McMeekin and crossed to Robinson, who headed the sphere past the goalie. Bethlehem came back strong and gained a corner which Goldie placed nicely and Gillespie drove the ball into the net making the score 3 to 1 for the Steelmen.

They maintained this lead at the interval. The second half was barely started when Jackson added number four from a pass by Gillespie. Lindsay had a run which took the play to Edwards' end and goalie was called upon to save a hard shot from Robinson. This was followed by MacNaughton carrying the ball on the left and crossing nicely to Bell, but the latter shot high over the bar when well placed. The Steelmen again took up the attack and Dudbridge gave away a penalty. Edwards was entrusted with the kick and scored a fifth goal.

Neise was next called on to save a couple of grounders from Jackson and Goldie. A run by Goldie and his center led to Jackson counting the sixth goal. Trenton's second goal was the result of a wing run by Lindsay, who crossed the sphere into the goal mouth and MacNaughton headed into the net.

Rollo's long shot gave Bethlehem its last goal..

Bethlehem -- Trenton
Edwards -- G -- Neise
H. Reid -- RFB -- Dickson
McMeekin -- LFB -- Strickert
McDonald -- RHB -- Dudbridge
Barrie -- CHB -- Howe
W. Reid -- LHB -- Kilgour
Gillespie -- OR -- Lindsay
Jackson -- IR -- Robinson
Lilley -- CF -- McCusker
Rollo -- IL -- Pietras
Goldie -- OL -- McNaughton
Final score -- Bethlehem, 7; Trenton, 2. Score at half time -- Bethlehem 3; Trenton, 1. Goals: Jackson 4, Gillespie, Edwards, Rollo, Robinson , McNaughton. Referee: A. Conn. Linesmen: Terris and MacGuire. Substitution -- Bell for McCusker. Time of halves, 45 minutes.

Bethlehem Steel Soccer Club