City fell to a 3-0 defeat at Boundary Park, losing out to Oldham Athletic.
After a delayed kick-off, three first-half goals sealed the points for the Latics, as the Bantams came away empty-handed.
Oldham got the game underway with the first goal of the encounter- in the 11th minute.
Zachary Dearnley was gifted possession before finessing the ball past Richard O’Donnell - to take the lead.
Nine minutes later and Oldham made it two - courtesy of Jonny Smith.
The attacker worked some space outside the box before lashing it into the bottom corner.
Gary Bowyer’s Bantams had an opportunity to pull a goal back - through Clayton Donaldson.
The City captain tried to guide Dylan Connolly’s cross in but could not convert as the ball skewed wide in the 41st minute.
Despite the chance, Oldham soon made it three, as first-half substitute Mohammad Maouche slid the ball in - on the 45th minute mark.
As the second-half progressed, Dino Maamria’s men had three opportunities to grab their fourth in quick succession, but were denied as O’Donnell kept the home side at bay.
The Bantams pushed to conjure a couple of chances late on but none came to any avail as the home side secured the victory.
CITY: Richard O’Donnell; Paudie O’Connor (booked 38’) (Shay McCartan 45’ (booked 52’)), Ben Richards-Everton (booked 79’), Anthony O’Connor; Jake Reeves (Dylan Mottley-Henry 45’), Callum Cooke, Chris Taylor, Connor Wood, Adam Henley; Clayton Donaldson (Jordan Gibson 88’), Dylan Connolly. Subs (not used): Luke McGee (GK); Harry Pritchard, Tyler French, Hope Akpan.
OLDHAM: Zeus De La Paz; Gevaro Nepomunceno (Zak Mills 60’), Christopher Missilou, Mohamed Sylla, Jonny Smith; David Wheater ©, Carl Piergianni (booked 79’), Tom Hamer, Zachary Dearnley (Mohammad Maouche 31’); Danny Row, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (booked 50’). Subs (not used): Ellis Allen (GK); Johan Branger-Engore, Scott Wilson, Christian N’Guessan, Chris McCann.
GOALS: Zachary Dearnley (11’), Jonathan Smith (20’), Mohammad Maouche (45+1’).
ATTENDANCE: 5,198 (1,925 visitors).
REFEREE: Ben Toner (Lancashire).