Bethlehem maintained its lead in the American League soccer race by defeating New Bedford on Lehigh Field last Saturday by a 4-0 score. Goldie with two goals and Jaap and Gillespie, one each were the successful marksmen. The National champions took the field without Stark, who was confined in his home by illness. Gillespie played in the center forward position.
New Bedford pressed at the opening whistle and forced a corner which was unproductive. The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges, but on Bethlehem’s first breakaway a goal was scored in a very odd manner. Goldie net a pass first time, kicking it high into the goal mouth. The ball bounded toward the New Bedford goal, where Steele stood at the upright, expecting that it would go by. It rolled into the net, much to the surprise of all present, including the Bethlehem team.
Not in the least disheartened by the reverse, New Bedford pressed and after Best had crossed badly, Brittan forced a corner. This was cleared and Bethlehem attacked, the sortie terminating when Forrest was pulled up for being offside. At the other end Maxwell’s hard shot was saved by Edwards. There was some excitement around the Bethlehem goal, Carnihan falling in a scrimmage, but he made a smart clearance while prone upon the ground. Granger sent Jaap away with a fine pass, but the latter was high in his shot. Shortly afterwards, a Jaap shot hardly missed.
New Bedford forced a number of corners and pressed hard, but the local defense was on the job. Edwards’ goal had a narrow escape Carnihan passed back when the goalie was not expecting it, but no damage resulted. Bethlehem forced a corner just before the half ended, with Steele clearing Gillespie’s header.
Carnihan retiring at half time, having pulled a muscle in his right leg, McGregor moved to center half, Eadie going to right half. Hutchinson went in at outside left for New Bedford, replacing Best. The second half had been in progress but seven minutes when Jaap added a second goal. He received a pass on the right, evaded Cowan, and took his time to put a fast low drive past Steele. A foul against Robertson looked dangerous, but Brittan headed past. Following a save by Edwards on McLeavy’s shot, McLeavy shot by.
Bethlehem attacked and Granger, who was playing a very useful and heady game at inside right, sent a perfect pass between Gillespie and Jaap. Gillespie stopped the ball, and Jaap raced in and crossed to Goldie, who scored with a low drive, 12 minutes from the restart. New Bedford forced an opening, but Maxwell’s shot was taken by Edwards, who, immediately after, was called upon to fist away a center from Hutchinson. Goldie raced away, but his parting shot was high.
From the goal kick, however, Robertson paved the way for the fourth Bethlehem tally. He lofted a high one in the direction of the goal. Gillespie rushed in and scored with a terrific volley. Robertson was hurt, but continued playing. A fine save by Steele relieved pressure, the save being made when Jaap put in a hot shot.
Play was transferred from one end of the field to the other with sound clearances from each set of backs. New Bedford forced two corners in quick succession, but no damage resulted. Gillespie went away on a great individual effort, but was fouled by Cowan just outside the area, a hot scrimmage resulting from the free kick. At times, the New Bedford forwards staged some desperate rallies, but poor finishing, combined with excellent defense work of Bethlehem frustrated their efforts, while every raid made by Bethlehem looked dangerous. Jaap, Forrest and Gillespie all had hard luck with good shots.
The strenuous campaigning of the previous weekend when Bethlehem won three games in as many days had taken its toll. The local clan appeared to be tired and somewhat crippled at times. It lacked nothing in spirit and courage, however, and to this fact the victory may be attributed. Whatever opportunities presented themselves, the Steelworkers took full advantage of. The defense was able to cope with any mode of attack New Bedford offered, and the clean cut win was well earned.
Bethlehem Steel – New Bedford
Edwards – G -- Steele
Barrie – RFB -- Cowan
Allan – LFB -- Gibson
McGregor – RHB -- McIntosh
Carnihan (capt.) – CHB – Montgomery
Robertson – LHB -- Lorimer
Jaap – OR -- Chedgzow
Granger – IR -- Maxwell
Gillespie – CF -- Brittan
Forrest – IL -- McLeavy
Goldie – OL – Best
Goals: Bethlehem (4) Goldie 2, Jaap, Gillespie. New Bedford, none. Substitutions: Bethlehem – Eadie for Carnihan; New Bedford, Hutchinson for Best. Referee: Scott. Linesmen, Murphy and Morrison. Time of game, two 45 minutes periods.