LEE Connor has challenged his Basildon United side to cause an upset by knocking Billericay Town out of the Essex Senior Cup tonight.

The Bees are set to welcome neighbours Billericay to the Cousins Car Wash Stadium for a fourth round tie.

And, having recorded a 3-2 Isthmian North victory over Brentwood Town while Town saw their scheduled National League South meeting with Havant & Waterlooville postponed due to a waterlogged pitch three days ago, Basildon caretaker manager Connor is keen to extend a fine run of form.

“It’s pleasing that we are going into the game following another good result,” said Connor, who has guided the Bees to a four-match unbeaten run since taking charge following head coach Glen Kendall’s exit last month.

“We got three points on the board by beating Brentwood and if we can carry that kind of performance into tonight’s game, then that would be great.

“We know it will be a very difficult game.

“I watched Billericay in their FA Trophy tie with Hampton last week and so I know even more about them going into the game.

“Billericay are not going to want to come and play on our pitch so it’s there for us to win the game.

“It would be great to progress in the competition and we are in good form.

“Beating Billericay would be a big statement.”

Billericay have enjoyed success in the Essex Senior Cup in recent campaigns, having overcome rivals Chelmsford City to clinch the trophy in 2018 and also reached the semi-finals before being knocked out by eventual winners East Thurrock last term.

And Town, who have a much-changed squad from each of those two seasons following the withdrawal of Glenn Tamplin’s funds in September, will be eager to have more joy in the competition.

Billericay, under the guidance of player-manager Jamie O’Hara, reached the fourth round thanks to a fine comeback victory over Southend United in October.

Town fell behind twice but an impressive second half hat-trick from Jake Robinson ensured the National League South outfit would eliminate the Shrimpers.