The Bethlehem Steel F. C. left Bethlehem Friday morning for Pawtucket, R. I. where on Saturday afternoon the Steel Workers oppose J & P Coats in an American League soccer game. The invasion will be for the one game and probably on the return home many of the Bethlehem players will experience a rather unusual situation of witnessing the semi-final of the American Soccer League cup competition instead of being in harness as one of the principals in the important cup affair.
Although Coats are entirely out of the running insofar as the league pennant is concerned the thread makers, fifth in the league standings, have an excellent chance of advancing to third position. Hardly more than two points separate them from this berth and a victory would go a far way in gaining that point.
Bethlehem, on the other hand, is running pretty safe in second position, topping Brooklyn, the nearest contender, by something like a half a dozen points, and has little fear of being ousted. However, it is not second place that is worrying the Steel Workers but rather hopes that some of the other clubs can stop the stride of the Fall River clan and present the opportunity to Bethlehem to close up the gap of three points that separate them from the league leaders.
Prior to leaving on Friday the management announced that the team that defeated Providence last week would be the players to start against J & P Coats. There will be but one exception in the lineup and that will be the fullback position where Davy Ferguson will replace his brother Jock Ferguson.
The work of the forward line last Saturday was that impressive that the management has decided to use the same combination. This will include Archie Stark at center forward; Maxwell and Turner on the right wing and Robertson and Goldie on the left wing. Carnihan, at center halfback, will be flanked by Whitey McDonald and Bob MacGregor, an d the fullbacks will be Jock Young and Davy Ferguson. Dave Carson will be in goal.