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8 December 2021

Match Previews


8 December 2021

The Bantams are back at the Utilita Energy Stadium this evening after three-consecutive away trips, looking to get back to winning ways as they welcome Colchester United (7.45pm).

City’s return to West Yorkshire is a welcome one, having only lost once at home in the league this season. The U’s will visit Valley Parade after their exit from the Emirates FA Cup at the hands of Sky Bet League One side Wigan Athletic on Sunday. 

Colchester have picked up seven points from their last three league fixtures - drawing with Newport, beating Swindon and ending Exeter’s 20-game unbeaten run with a 3-1 win.

We have created a Big Match Preview to give you all the key details you need to know, heading into the encounter. 


City: Andy Cook remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and will be out until after Christmas.

Abo Eisa and Charles Vernam will also miss the visit of Colchester due to their respective injuries picked up against Scunthorpe United and Northampton Town.

Caolan Lavery will be assessed ahead of the clash, with Derek Adams hoping to have his services available in the next week.


Derek Adams: "It was a really difficult period we were in, with a tough schedule having to play all the teams at the top end of the table.

"FA Cup ties and travelling down to Exeter twice was not handy, but now we have a home game to look forward to.

"The atmosphere at home has been fantastic and we have only been beaten once this season there in he league."


For the City supporters unable to make it to the Utilita Energy Stadium, you can catch the game on iFollow with a video match pass. 

The pass - available for £10 - will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action.

If not, you can follow the action with regular updates on the club’s official Twitter page. 

You will also be able to catch updates on other social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. 

Full audio match commentary is available to iFollow Bantams subscribers, while BBC Radio Leeds’ Jamie Raynor and former City defender Mark Bower will provide live commentary through 92.4FM and DAB radio frequencies across West Yorkshire, as well as on Freeview channel 719 and the BBC Sounds app.

To purchase an iFollow video match pass, please CLICK HERE


The two sides went head-to-head in Essex, with the Bantams running making the 219-mile journey home with all three points.

Kian Scales scored his first professional goal inside the opening 10 minutes before Frank Nouble levelled just before half-time. City regained their lead in the 58th minute through Andy Cook, whose second-half goal was enough to secure victory. 

COLCHESTER: Dean Gerken; Ryan Clampin (Josh Doherty 55’), Tommy Smith, Tom Eastman, Junior Tchamadeu; Ben Stevenson (Tom Lapslie 62’), Harry Pell ©, Brendan Sarpong-Wiredu (Noah Chilvers 83’), Courtney Senior; Frank Nouble, Jevani Brown (Paris Cowan-Hall 83’). Subs (not used): Shamal George, Miles Welch-Hayes, Michael Folivi.

GOALS: Nouble (42’).

CITY: Richard O’Donnell ©; Niall Canavan, Paudie O’Connor, Anthony O’Connor; Connor Wood, Gareth Evans, Kian Scales (booked 75') (Jordan Stevens 90’), Levi Sutton, Finn Cousin-Dawson (Elliot Watt 63’); Andy Cook (Danny Rowe 79’), Clayton Donaldson (Matty Foulds 90’). Subs (not used): Sam Hornby, Rumarn Burrell, Connor Shanks.

GOALS: Scales (10’), Cook (58’).  


Marc Edwards will take charge of his 14th game of the season on Wednesday - his fourth in Sky Bet League Two.

Edwards led City out at the Utilita Energy Stadium for their 0-0 draw with Scunthorpe at the end of last season, and their 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers in October. 

Mr Edwards will be joined by Declan Ford and Matthew Wilkes on the flanks, with Daniel Middleton acting as fourth official.


City supporters can back their team for victory this Wednesday with Sky Bet.

Bantams fans can flutter on Derek Adams’ side to win the tie at 8/11.

Supporters can place their bets by CLICKING HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: All odds are subject to change. Please gamble responsibly. 


The Bantams will don their 2021/22 home strip at the Utilita Energy Stadium, while the visitors will wear their green and black change colours.

Bantams: White / Claret / White 

Colchester: Green and Black Camo / Black / Black

To purchase an iFollow video match pass for tonight's clash, please CLICK HERE

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