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Preview: Bradford City (A)

30 April 2021

The Iron play their final away game of the season on Saturday, when they make the trip to take on Bradford City (3pm kick-off).

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United enter the match at the Utilita Energy Stadium looking to arrest a run of five straight defeats and to get a victory which would mathematically clinch League Two survival with two games still to go.

A draw would also see the Iron retain their EFL status for 2021-22, while anything other than a win for Southend United, coupled with defeat against Bradford, would also see Scunthorpe remain in Sky Bet League Two next season.

Three points for United could climb them as high as 20th in the division, above Barrow and Colchester United.


Ryan Loft and John McAtee both look set to miss out through a non-Covid related illness.

Jordan Clarke looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury picked up at Forest Green a fortnight ago, which forced him to withdraw after 20 minutes.

Harrison McGahey returned to the starting XI at Forest Green and missed out against Mansfield, Walsall and Newport through a quad issue, which will continue to be assessed.

Left-back Junior Brown is out with a hamstring injury that forced him off against Bradford and attacker Jordan Hallam is out with the hamstring problem which he suffered against Oldham in March. Elsewhere, Olufela Olomola's season looks to be over after he suffered a medial ligament injury.

Striker Aaron Jarvis (hamstring) is set to miss the rest of the season, while midfielder George Hornshaw and goalkeeper Adam Kelsey are both expected to be out for the remainder of the campaign too following ankle surgery.


Bradford City come into the fixture in 14th position following a stoppage time defeat in midweek against Salford City.

The Bantams also arrive into it having also lost their last five games, with their last victory coming against 10-man Grimsby Town on April 10th.

The side, managed jointly by Conor Sellars and Mark Truman, had pulled themselves clear of danger in the games that preceded their current run of form, including impressive wins against Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town.

Goalkeeper Connor Wood has played their most minutes this season (3,960) in 44 appearances. Elliot Watt also has 44 league appearances to his name, although two of those came off the bench.

Andy Cook is their top goalscorer with eight goals, while former United forward Lee Novak has six, despite spending a sizeable chunk of the campaign on the sidelines through injury.

Another former Iron, Levi Sutton, has made 32 league appearances (28 starts) in his debut campaign for the Bantams, providing two goals and three assists. He also has six cautions to his name and one red card.


The two sides last met at the start of February in a twice-rearranged fixture which first saw the game called off, before the later date was abandoned.

Eventually played in March, Abo Eisa and Devarn Green netted in a 2-0 win for the Iron, which was incidentally the side's last victory.

Both meetings last season ended in draws, with the away fixture seeing Alex Gilliead and John McAtee netting in the 2-2 draw.

2020-21 - Tue 9 Feb LG 2 Iron 2-0 Bradford Eisa, Green
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 29 16  7 44  28 
Away 29  6 11 12  30  48 
TOTAL 58  22  18  18  74 75 


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Leyton Orient v Carlisle United (3pm)
Mansfield Town v Oldham Athletic (3pm)
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Stevenage v Crawley Town (3pm)
Walsall v Morecambe (3pm)

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Match Reports

Report: Bradford City 0-0 Iron

1 May 2021

United secured League Two survival with a goalless draw away at Bradford City on Saturday.

The Iron entered the fixture making four changes from the team that was defeated at Newport County, as Kevin van Veen, Devarn Green, Lewis Spence and Jai Rowe came in for Ryan Loft, Abo Eisa, Teddy Howe and Jacob Bedeau.

There was a positive start for United, who first played the ball down the right before Green and Mason O’Malley worked it on the left. That culminated in centre-back Emmanuel Onariase stepping out of defence, chesting the ball down and looping a half-volley over the bar.

With six minutes gone, the first corner of the game went to the hosts as Onariase dealt with an in-swinging cross into the area from the right.

O’Malley then produced a diving header at the near post to head away the corner, before Finn Cousin-Dawson could only get a glancing header on the following cross.

After nine minutes, Spence, Alfie Beestin and van Veen worked well to win the ball back and almost fashioned a shot. The hosts broke with former Iron academy player Charles Vernam down the right, with his low driven effort saved well by Mark Howard down to his right.

A minute later, ex-United midfielder Levi Sutton broke the offside trap and looked to cushion the ball back to fellow former Iron Lee Novak to fire in a shot. Onariase came across to hook the ball clear though.

Soon after, O’Malley won the ball from Vernam and played in van Veen and Green down the left before a last ditch tackle from Anthony O’Connor.

With 15 minutes played, van Veen and Alex Gilliead looked to play a give-and-go, with the Dutchman almost on the end of the return ball. It resulted in a corner which the hosts cleared.

On 24 minutes, Bantams goalkeeper Sam Hornby tipped an effort from van Veen over the bar for a corner, following a right-wing cross.

Then, from the resultant corner by Gilliead, Beestin nodded narrowly wide at the far post.

Beestin’s shot inside the area on 27 minutes was blocked before Green caused the hosts to make a mistake to win a corner. Jai Rowe made a run towards Gilliead’s latest set-piece but the hosts headed the ball away from danger.

At the other end, Callum Cooke then sent a 25-yard curling effort over the bar, with Howard comfortable as the effort was wayward.

Then, Vernam got space on the right, before cutting back for Novak. His shot was blocked before the ball dropped to Elliot Watt, who saw his 20-yard effort go wide.

After 38 minutes, O’Malley came across to block an incoming shot from the right of the area from Vernam.

Spence stayed down requiring treatment inside the opening minute of the second half as Sutton came away with the ball, but play soon resumed and the Scottish midfielder was able to continue.

The first chance of the second period came Scunthorpe's way on 51 minutes when, combining with Green, van Veen received the ball on the left side of the area and cut inside before drilling an effort into the arms of Hornby.

Soon after, at the other end, Novak was played in and drew a stop from Howard, before the flag went up for offside.

Home goalkeeper Hornby had to come out quickly in the 54th minute to stop van Veen in his tracks after Beestin won possession and played the Dutchman through.

Following a right-wing free-kick, Gareth Evans was next to come close for the Bantams, as he headed over the crossbar.

With 57 minutes played, after Spence intercepted possession in the middle, the Iron broke and Green was played in down the left. He attacked two Bantams defenders before sending a low cross in which was gathered by Hornby.

Ten minutes later, Connor Wood had the next chance of the game as Bradford broke down the right. He unleashed a shot from 20 yards which went wide of Howard's left-hand post.

Van Veen won a corner down the right side in the 74th minute, and it was sent in by O'Malley. The ball dropped to Jem Karacan on the edge of the area, but his volleyed effort went over.

There was a double Iron change in the 77th minute when Green and Karacan were replaced by Eisa and Loft.

Just a minute later, home substitute Clayton Donaldson hit the foot of the post from close range following a ball into the area.

With 80 minutes gone, Loft was denied by Hornby from the left side of the area as he latched onto a through ball from Beestin, shrugging off the defender.

Then, seconds later, Eisa had a go from range, with his deflected effort saved by the home custodian.

After Loft won a corner down the right with his pressing, O'Malley sent the ball in from the right but George Taft headed wide at the far post.

There was a further Scunthorpe change soon after as van Veen was replaced by Myles Hippolyte.

In the final minute of normal time, the hosts pushed forward and a cross was sent in before being knocked down for Andy Cook, whose drive from the edge of the area was saved by Howard.

There were four minutes of added time, with Loft cutting inside from the right and firing wide of the post in the second of those. Then, right at the death, a left-wing cross was sent in by the Bantams with Donaldson failing to convert from close range.

They continued to press and Eisa had to block an effort, which went out for a corner, which was cleared away for another.

The full-time whistle was blown moments after that was dealt with, as the Iron got the point they needed to secure League Two survival.

United play Stevenage in their final game of the season next Saturday (3pm kick-off).

BRADFORD: Hornby, P O'Connor, A O'Connor, Cooke, Novak (Donaldson, 71), Vernam, Evans (Scales, 71), Watt, Sutton, Wood, Cousin-Dawson (Cook, 60).

BRADFORD SUBS NOT USED: O'Donnell, Stevens, Foulds, Clarke.

IRON: Howard, Taft, Onariase, Gilliead, van Veen (Hippolyte, 86), Green (Eisa, 77), Spence, Beestin, Karacan (Loft, 77), Rowe, O'Malley.

IRON SUBS NOT USED: Watson, Bedeau, Pugh, Howe.

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