DANNY Scopes is eager to lead Concord Rangers to a fourth Essex Senior Cup crown.

The Beach Boys will welcome holders East Thurrock United to the Aspect Arena for a third round tie tonight.

And Scopes admits he will select a strong side as the National League South side look to claim county bragging rights for the first time since 2016.

“We want to do well in the Essex Senior Cup because it’s a competition we have had good success in over the years,” said the Concord chief.

“If you look at the competitions we are involved in, this is one we stand a chance of winning.

“It’s something to look forward to and we want to go through, but we have to be sensible because we have a small squad.

“We will go with a full-strength squad for the game with East Thurrock and, having suffered relegation from the National League South last season, they are not a million miles away from where we are.

“I know East Thurrock have really good players and we know some of them well having played against them over the years.

“East Thurrock are also the holders, so they will be looking to go through as well, and it would be great for us to end their defence of their crown.

“Every team wants to knock out the previous season’s winners.”

East Thurrock claimed their first ever Essex Senior Cup title last term, as they beat Chelmsford City in an entertaining final.

And Rocks will be eager to avoid an exit at the first hurdle.

Bowers & Pitsea and Canvey Island are also in Essex Senior Cup third round action tonight.

Rob Small’s Bowers are set to welcome Isthmian Premier League rivals Brightlingsea Regent to the Len Salmon Stadium.

Bowers have already beaten Brightlingsea this term, having won 4-2 in August.

However, the R’s are now under new management as former East Thurrock first team coach Kem Izzet took charge last month.

Canvey, meanwhile, are on the road as they will visit Harlow Town.

Mark Bentley’s Gulls face a tough test as Harlow are currently leading the way in the Isthmian South Central standings.

Canvey head into the tie having suffered a late defeat at AFC Sudbury last time out.

Elsewhere, Great Wakering Rovers and Hullbridge Sports will lock horns in a local derby.

The neighbours are set to go head-to-head in an Isthmian League Cup encounter at Burroughs Park.