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Preview: Bradford City (H)

9 February 2021

The Iron will be seeking to make it four wins in a row when Bradford City visit the Sands Venue Stadium in a rearranged fixture on Tuesday night (7pm kick-off).

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9 February 2021


We were originally due to host the Bantams on Saturday, January 9th but the game was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

United, whose home fixture against Oldham Athletic last Saturday was postponed due to a frozen pitch, come into the game following 11 days without a game.

Our last match was on Friday, January 29th, with Alfie Beestin scoring a spectacular winner in our 1-0 success at Colchester United.

That result followed back-to-back home victories against Grimsby Town (3-0) and Port Vale (2-0). 

Tuesday night will see us looking to make it four league wins in a row for the first time since January 2019.

Following last weekend's League Two games, we sit 18th in the table but victory would move us level on points with Crawley Town, who sit 11th, although their goal difference is a few better.


Jem Karacan (arm/shoulder) will be assessed ahead of the game after coming off against Colchester United last Friday, but his injury isn't as bad as first feared following a scan last week and manager Neil Cox is optimistic he might be in contention for a return soon.

Jordan Clarke (thigh) has missed the last two matches and was ruled out for a month by Cox two weeks ago.

Harrison McGahey and Kevin van Veen (both hamstring) had a full week of training last week and will be assessed prior to the midweek match, while Aaron Jarvis (also hamstring) continues to be missing for a further four weeks.

Fin Shrimpton (ankle) is also back on grass, along with Andy Dales (ankle), as they both work their way back to fitness.

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 play in a couple of Under-23s matches to get match fitness up first.


Bradford are a place below us in the division and were beaten 3-2 at Exeter City on Saturday. Prior to then, they'd gone eight games unbeaten, on a run which included five victories.

Defender Connor Wood tops their appearance charts with 25 league starts, while fellow defender Anthony O'Connor and midfielder Elliot Watt closely follow.

Their top goalscorer is former Iron frontman Lee Novak, who has six goals to his name, and the squad also includes ex-Iron midfielder Levi Sutton, defender Niall Canavan (who signed from Plymouth Argyle in January) and former academy product Charles Vernam (who signed from Burton Albion on transfer deadline day).


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

Iron v Bradford City match abandoned

9 February 2021

United's home League Two game against Bradford City was abandoned after half an hour on Tuesday night following heavy snow which started just after kick-off.

All iFollow match passes purchased will apply for the rearranged fixture.

The Iron went into the game making one change from the team that beat Colchester United in the last match 11 days earlier, as Jem Karacan was replaced by Lewis Spence due to his arm/shoulder injury.

Getting underway in snowy conditions at the Sands Venue Stadium, the Iron held a good line in the opening exchanges and caught the Bantams offside twice.

On seven minutes, Junior Brown unleashed Devarn Green down the left as he beat his man. The cross was cleared, but Loft picked up the pieces and saw his shot blocked before Green’s effort was also blocked.

With 20 minutes gone, Eisa looked to get the better of two more Bradford players down the right channel, but this time the tackle was well-timed and the Iron had a throw.

On 22 minutes, the referee paused the game as the ground staff came on to clear the pitch of snow and three minutes later we were back underway.

With 29 minutes gone, Alfie Beestin latched onto a loose ball and shot from range with Ryan Loft heading the loose ball wide of the target before the referee halted play again to speak with the managers.

The players were then taken off the field of play just as the snow appeared to have eased off. The match was suspended for 15 minutes with the ground staff working to clear the surface.

United return to action on Saturday when they make the trip to take on Morecambe (3pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Taft, Onariase, Gilliead, Loft, Eisa, Brown, Green, Spence, Beestin, Rowe.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Bedeau, van Veen, Hallam, Howe, O'Malley, McAtee.

BRADFORD: Hornby. P O'Connor, Canavan, A O'Connor, Cooke, Vernam, Evans, Watt, Sutton, Wood, Cook.

BRADFORD SUBS NOT USED: Huffer, Pritchard, Donaldson, Stevens, Burrell, Cousin-Dawson, Crankshaw.

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