A youthful City under-18s side - containing just three second-year scholars - lost out 3-1 away to Lincoln City in the EFL Youth Alliance North East division.
The hosts raced into a three-goal lead before the interval, with a clinical first-half display proving enough to secure the points.
The Imps drew first blood early in the encounter and further established their authority with another two strikes in quick succession, shortly before the break.
Despite trailing by three goals at the restart, the Bantams did rally to salvage some pride from the game in the second 45 minutes.
An effort from first-year scholar Cole Roberts did give Mark Trueman’s side hope, though was not enough to spark a City comeback, as their hosts took all three points.
CITY: Darryl Ombang; Harvey Ormerod (Olivier Sukiennicki 45’), Oliver Norman, George Thewlis, Tanaka Maumbe; Sam Bentley (Harvey Rowe 65’), Cole Roberts, Charlie Wood ©, Dylan Youmbi; Raj Palit (Yahaya Tunkara 70’), Bobby Pointon. Subs (not used): Tom Donaghy (GK).