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Preview: Bradford City (H)

23 March 2021

The Iron play their third home game in the space of a week when Bradford City visit the Sands Venue Stadium for a rearranged fixture on Tuesday night (7pm kick-off).

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23 March 2021


The match against the Bantams was originally set to be played in January but was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

After a huge effort by ground and club staff to get the rearranged fixture on in February, the snow started falling heavily soon after kick-off and the game was abandoned on the half hour mark on the grounds of player safety.

It should be third time lucky in terms of the game getting played this time, and Neil Cox's side will be seeking a first home win in five attempts, which could potentially take United up to 16th in League Two.

Alfie Beestin scored a last-gasp leveller to earn the ten man Scunthorpe a point against Southend United at the weekend, and subsequently keep us 11 points above the 23rd-placed Shrimpers in the relegation zone.

It was the second levelling goal scored late on in a home game to earn a point as Jordan Hallam levelled in stoppage time against Oldham Athletic last Tuesday.

After drawing just two games prior this season, United have now drawn 1-1 in four out of their last five.

The game against the Bantams will be the 10th game in the space of 31 days, but Cox's side can look forward to a ten day gap before returning to action against Crawley Town on Good Friday.


Defender Jordan Clarke will be available after his red card against Southend United was overturned following an appeal.

First team manager Neil Cox says there are a few knocks elsewhere in the side which means there might be changes to freshen up the team.

Attacker Jordan Hallam (hamstring) will miss the game and the club are waiting for a report from a specialist, though it looks like he could be out for a while.

Centre-back Harrison McGahey faces around three-to-four weeks out with a thigh problem, while fellow defender George Taft continues to be out with an ankle injury, though has started running on the training pitch again and manager Neil Cox says he could return to action before the season finishes.

Emmanuel Onariase continues to miss out with a groin problem but has returned to training this week and will continue to be assessed. He may return to the matchday squad, but a late decision will be made.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) has had a fresh setback and could miss the rest of the season, while fellow forward Olufela Olomola is back training following a knee injury sustained after coming off the bench against Bolton Wanderers in November, but Cox says he needs to practice match game time to get match fitness up first. He played 80 minutes in a behind-closed-doors game against Doncaster a fortnight back.

Midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for a couple of months following ankle surgery.


12th-placed Bradford could potentially move up to tenth placed with victory, and will be seeking a first win in five games.

They drew 0-0 at home to Oldham Athletic at the weekend, following defeats on the road at promotion-chasing Newport County and Carlisle United.

Prior to that spell they'd won five in a row and interim bosses Mark Trueman and Conor Sellars were appointed as joint managers of the club until the end of the 2021-22 campaign.

They took over following the departure of ex-Iron boss Stuart McCall and sparked a big turnaround in form, with just one defeat in 15 matches before the recent Newport game.

There are some former Iron men amongst their ranks, with midfielder Levi Sutton making 27 appearances in all competitions so far this season, scoring twice.

Striker Lee Novak has scored six goals in 13 league starts, topping their scorer charts, but hasn't played since the end of December, due to a minor knee operation.

Centre-back Niall Canavan has played ten games since signing from Plymouth in January, while ex-academy forward Charles Vernam has played the same number of matches, scoring twice.

Defender Connor Wood has made 34 appearances so far this season, topping their appearance charts.


The two sides managed to meet twice last season, with both games resulting in draws. Jamie Ward scored a penalty in the last meeting at the Sands Venue Stadium, with the Iron playing over 75 minutes with ten men following the early dismissal of Matthew Lund.

At Valley Parade, the last time the two sides met, United conceded twice in two minutes inside the opening 20 minutes to go 2-0 down, but goals from Alex Gilliead and John McAtee rescued a point.

2019-20 - Sat 18 Jan LG 2 Bradford 2-2 Iron Gilliead, McAtee
2019-20 - Sat 28 Sep LG 2 Iron 1-1 Bradford Ward
2018-19 - Sat 27 Apr LG 1 Iron 2-3 Bradford Wootton, Novak
2018-19 - Sat 22 Dec LG 1 Bradford 2-0 Iron  
2017-18 - Sat 5 May LG 1 Iron 1-1 Bradford Townsend
2017-18 - Tue 21 Nov LG 1 Bradford 1-2 Iron Burgess, Adelakun
2016-17 - Sat 26 Mar LG 1 Iron 3-2 Bradford Toney 2, Crooks
2016-17 - Mon 26 Dec LG 1 Bradford 0-0 Iron  
2015-16 - Sat 2 Apr  LG 1  Bradford 1-0 Iron   
2015-16 - Sat 21 Nov  LG 1  Iron 0-2 Bradford   
2014-15 - Tue 21 Apr  LG 1  Iron 1-1 Bradford  McSheffrey 
2014-15 - Sat 20 Dec  LG 1  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Adelakun 
2006-07 - Sat 31 Mar  LG 1  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Sharp, Beckford 
2006-07 - Sat 21 Oct  LG 1  Bradford 0-1 Iron  Sharp 
2006-07 - Tue 17 Oct  FLT R1  Bradford 1-2 Iron  Foy, Goodwin 
2005-06 - Sat 1 Apr  LG 1  Bradford 4-2 Iron  Beagrie, Hinds 
2005-06 - Sat 31 Dec  LG 1  Iron 0-0 Bradford   
1994-95 - Tue 22 Nov  FAC R1 R  Iron 3-2 Bradford  Carmichael, Alexander, Thompstone 
1994-95 - Sat 12 Nov  FAC R1  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Hope 
1988-89 - Tue 22 Nov  LG CUP R3 R  Iron 0-1 Bradford   
1988-89 - Wed 2 Nov  LG CUP R3  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Daws 
1983-84 - Sat 17 Mar  DIV 3  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Cammack, Matthews 
1983-84 - Sat 8 Oct  DIV 3  Bradford 2-2 Iron  Leman, Lester 
1981-82 - Sun 14 Feb  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1981-82 - Sat 3 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 1-3 Bradford  Grimes 
1980-81 - Sat 31 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Bradford  Cammack 
1980-81 - Sat 23 Aug  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1979-80 - Sat 9 Feb  DIV 4  Iron 3-3 Bradford  Pilling, Partridge 2 
1979-80 - Sat 22 Sep  DIV 4  Bradford 2-0 Iron   
1978-79 - Sat 3 Mar  DIV 4  Bradford 1-1 Iron  Pilling 
1978-79 - Sat 21 Oct  DIV 4  Iron 3-2 Bradford  Couch, Kilmore 2 
1976-77 - Wed 4 May  DIV 4  Bradford 4-0 Iron   
1976-77 - Sat 8 Jan  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Wiggington, Keeley 
1975-76 - Sat 17 Apr  DIV 4  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Green, O'Connor 
1975-76 - Fri 26 Dec  DIV 4  Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1974-75 - Sat 1 Mar  DIV 4  Iron 1-2 Bradford  Charnley 
1974-75 - Sat 31 Aug  DIV 4  Bradford 3-0 Iron   
1973-74 - Wed 3 Oct  DIV 4  Bradford 2-1 Iron  Podd (og) 
1973-74 - Tue 18 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 2-1 Bradford  Pilling, Fletcher 
1968-69 - Sat 29 Mar  DIV 4  Bradford 3-0 Iron   
1968-69 - Fri 6 Sep  DIV 4  Iron 1-0 Bradford  Deere 
1957-58 - Thu 24 Apr  DIV 3 (N)  Bradford 2-3 Iron  Minton 2, Davis 
1957-58 - Sat 28 Sep  DIV 3 (N) Iron 0-2 Bradford   
1956-57 - Sat 9 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 3-1 Iron  Waldock 
1956-57 - Sat 27 Oct  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-1 Bradford  Brown 
1955-56 - Tue 27 Dec  DIV 3 (N)  Iron 2-0 Bradford  Haigh, McGill 
1955-56 - Mon 26 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 4-3 Iron  Gregory 2, Brown 
1954-55 - Mon 27 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Bradford  Brown 
1954-55 - Sat 25 Dec  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 2-4 Iron  Brown 2, Gregory, Mosby 
1953-54 - Sat 27 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Iron 2-1 Bradford  Haigh, Mosby 
1953-54 - Sat 7 Nov  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 1-3 Iron  Jones, Whitfield, Brownsword 
1952-53 - Sat 17 Jan  DIV 3 (N) Iron 4-0 Bradford  Haigh 2, Whitfield, Daley 
1952-53 - Sat 6 Sep  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 0-0 Iron   
1951-52 - Wed 26 Mar  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 1-0 Iron   
1951-52 - Sat 18 Aug  DIV 3 (N) Iron 1-0 Bradford  Cumner 
1950-51 - Wed 18 Apr  DIV 3 (N) Iron 0-0 Bradford   
1950-51 - Sat 14 Apr  DIV 3 (N) Bradford 2-0 Iron   

Our full record against Bradford City is as follows: 

  P W D L F A
Home 28 15  7 42  28 
Away 29  6 11 12  30  48 
TOTAL 57  21  18  18  72 75 


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Match Reports

Report: Iron 2-0 Bradford City

23 March 2021

United returned to winning ways with a 2-0 home win over Bradford City at the Sands Venue Stadium on Tuesday night, and made it four games unbeaten.

Abo Eisa opened the scoring in the fifth minute, with his eighth goal of the season, while Devarn Green netted his third of the campaign on the hour mark.

The Iron made three changes from the side that drew 1-1 against Southend three days earlier going into the game, as Eisa, Lewis Spence and Teddy Howe came in for Kevin van Veen, Alfie Beestin and Jai Rowe.

There was a positive start from the Iron, who drove down the left with Green. Eisa was later fed the ball on the edge of the box and fouled. Eisa took the free-kick with away goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell getting the slightest of touches to push the ball onto the bar and out for a corner.

The opening goal arrived in the fifth minute, and it was a swift counter-attack for the Iron with Alex Gilliead driving past half way before his pass cut open the Bantams defence for Eisa to run through and slot home.

The visitors had a chance to level not long after as former Iron trainee Charles Vernam turned on the left channel, cutting onto his right foot and sent a long range effort crashing off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.

The 11th minute saw great play from the Iron as Green sat one Bantams player down on the far side before striding down the left. He looked to play a give-and-go with Eisa, but he couldn't quite get onto the return pass.

Just two minutes later, Eisa and Green were prominent again as the Iron drove forward. O’Connor dragged the former down, but Green was too quickly past him to make it a second Iron player before he did put in a good tackle to win the ball back.

After 15 minutes, Mark Howard was alert at his near post to collect a cross from the right channel as the Bantams came forward.

The visiting team hit the woodwork again with 21 minutes played as Elliot Watt took a free-kick, with the ball crashing back into play off the inside of the post and across Howard’s goal.

The 24th minute saw great work from Ryan Loft after he chested down Howard’s kick before sliding in on the loose ball to find Howe on the right. The full-back, making his first start, strode forward and hung up a cross, but Anthony O’Connor saw it out of play.

Shortly after, Loft latched onto Howard’s ball, with former Iron defender Niall Canavan beaten for pace. The centre-half put Loft off-balance which meant he couldn't quite keep the ball in play.

At the other end, Kian Scales latched onto a ball over the top to send a volley over the bar and out for an Iron goal kick.

The 34th minute saw neat footwork from Gilliead as he took the ball beyond three players following Clarke’s free-kick. He laid the ball to Howe on the right, but his cross is was off the mark and the ball went out for a goal kick.

Five minutes later, Eisa and Green combined as the former shrugged off a couple of challenges before finding the latter. He saw his shot blocked before play was recycled with Eisa’s effort going over the bar.

In the 42nd minute, Jem Karacan read a Bradford pass before feeding into Eisa. He slotted through to Green who drew a save on the right side of the area. It resulted in a corner for the Iron but nothing came from it.

The 53rd minute saw a chance for the visitors as a cross was knocked down into the six-yard box and lashed wide of the post.

Soon after, Brown needed treatment after a challenge down the left and was replaced by Myles Hippolyte.

Gilliead stole possession with Loft driving forward on 57 minutes. He opted not to slip in Eisa’s run down the left, with Spence then finding Eisa, but he was crowded out on the left for a Bradford throw.

United doubled their advantage on the hour mark as Loft nodded down the header following a cross into the area by Howe and Green read the loose ball to smash past O’Donnell.

In the 68th minute, Bradford broke forward and won themselves a free-kick on the left channel. The free-kick was headed away with Loft blocking a goal-bound shot before the Iron pushed the visitors back towards their own goal.

Two minutes later, Loft looked to steal in on a loose touch from Paudie O’Connor with the Bantams defender just about winning the ball. Loft initially stayed down but was soon back on his feet.

Shortly after, Green was replaced by Beestin and there was soon a chance for a third Scunthorpe goal on 80 minutes as Beestin slotted in Loft. He dinked an effort across goal but O’Donnell put out a strong hand to thwart the frontman.

A minute later, Gilliead was denied with a parried stop by O’Donnell. Loft just missed the rebound with Beestin and Eisa both running in, but the ball came out of the box and away.

There was a Bradford chance on 83 minutes as Paudie O’Connor got a glancing touch on a corner, but he couldn't angle his header on target.

Then, the away side's Gareth Evans swung a delivery which hit Mark Howard but somehow stayed out, before bouncing behind for a goal-kick.

There was a triple Scunthorpe change in the 86th minute as Olufela Olomola, making his first appearance in four months, Rowe and John McAtee replaced Loft, Howe and Karacan.

In the first minute out of seven in stoppage time, Eisa did well to find Olomola, who shifted the ball onto his left foot and drew a fine save from O’Donnell down to his left.

Bradford still pressed but the Iron defence stood firm to the challenge, and on the break, McAtee read the loose ball before arrowing a powerful effort towards goal which O’Donnell again beat away.

United return to action on Good Friday when they host Crawley Town (1pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Clarke, Bedeau, Gilliead, Loft (Olomola, 86), Eisa, Brown (Hippolyte, 54), Green (Beestin, 76), Spence, Karacan (McAtee, 86), Howe (Rowe, 86).

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Jessop.

BRADFORD: O'Donnell, P O'Connor, Canavan, A O'Connor, Vernam (Evans, 73), Watt (Rowe, 73), Sutton, Wood, Scales (Donaldson, 89), Cook, Crankshaw (Stevens, 89).

BRADFORD SUBS NOT USED: Hornby, Folds, Burrell.

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