BOWERS & Pitsea will take on near rivals Basildon United in the first round of the Essex Senior Cup.

Rob Small will take his Bowers side to Gardiners Close in the week preceding Saturday, September 6 for what is sure to be an action-packed derby match.

The victors will travel to Stansted in the second round of the competition.

Hullbridge Sports will visit Ilford in the first round, and will host Wivenhoe Town in the next round should they progress.

Southend Manor will face off against either Saffron Walden or Barking in round two.