City finished off their away fixtures for another season with a defeat at the hands of promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town after a second half comeback from the Robins clinched them the points and a Play-Off place.
The afternoon had started so well for the Bantams as they deservedly found themselves in the lead at the interval thanks to a fine early strike from Nahki Wells.
City had promising opportunities in the opening period to put themselves further in front but partly thanks to a slight change in formation by the hosts, Cheltenham came back strongly after the restart to take control of the match.
Jimmy Spencer, who is on loan from City's near neighbours Huddersfield Town, stabbed Cheltenham level 35 seconds after the interval following a cut back from first half sub Kaid Mohamed.
Three minutes after the hour mark Spencer grabbed his second of the match when he fired Cheltenham into the lead for the first time with a curling effort into the top corner from the edge of the area.
Spencer's strike-partner Ben Burgess then made the points safe for the Gloucester outfit eight minutes later with a fine lob over Matt Duke from a similar position on the pitch.
With Craig Fagan on his way out of Valley Parade, Will Atkinson was brought back into the side to play on City's right flank as the one change from the side that started last weekend's win over Macclesfield Town.
Fresh from earning himself a professional contract for next season, apprentice striker Adam Baker was named on the bench.
Andrew Davies - who was now free from suspension following a recent five match ban - did not travel as Phil Parkinson stuck with the same back four that kept out Macclesfield seven days ago.
While City kept their standard 4-4-2 shape, opponents Cheltenham lined up in a more narrow version of the formation with a diamond shaped midfield four.