ADAM Peek insists Southend Manor do not fear East Thurrock United ahead of their Essex Senior Cup clash tonight.

Essex Senior League side Southend Manor will welcome Rocks, of the National League South, to Southchurch Park for a fourth round encounter.

And Peek admitted reaching the quarter-finals of the competition would be a major achievement for Southend Manor.

“At the end of the day, it’s a game of football and it doesn’t matter who you are playing,” said the Southend Manor boss.

“We beat Braintree Town, who were in East Thurrock’s division, last season.

“The boys will play with freedom and smiles on their faces because we’ve got nothing to lose.

“Of course, we want to get through to the next round.

“Reaching the quarter-finals would fill me, and the club, with pride.

“We go into the game having won two on the bounce, but it’s all about what happens on the night.

“They will have a lot of the ball, but we have got to make sure that we stay firm.

“We’re looking forward to it and hopefully we will get a decent attendance while going through to the next round.”

With the tie not getting underway until 7.45pm, the draw for the quarter-final will have been made more than an hour prior to kick-off.

And Peek believes that already knowing who Southend Manor could face in the next round of the competition could work as an incentive for his players.

“I’m not very pleased with where we are in the Essex Senior League at the moment, but our cup form has been very good,” he added.

“We are the lowest ranked team still in the competition and the draw will be made before our game.

“That may be an incentive because, if we get drawn against a big team like Southend United, that could spur the players on.”

Southend Manor booked their place in the fourth round by seeing off Isthmian North high-flyers Grays Athletic.

And Peek feels that his side could pull off another upset when East Thurrock make the trip to Southchurch Park.

“I know East Thurrock are struggling in the National League South, but their quality will show,” admitted Peek.

“They are three divisions higher than us, but I don’t know what kind of team John Coventry will bring with him.

“If we perform like we did against Grays then I think we have a chance of winning.”