JACK Giddens hopes an Essex Senior Cup win over Southend Manor could kickstart East Thurrock United’s season.

Rocks are currently bottom of the National League South having endured a frustrating start to the campaign.

But Giddens is aiming raise spirits by helping East Thurrock to reach the quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup at Southchurch Park tonight.

“We will treat tonight’s game like any other and we will be taking Southend Manor seriously,” said the Rocks goalkeeper.

“We want to go as far as we can in any competition.

“Although we are not where we want to be in the league, I thought how we played with 10 men at Hampton & Richmond Borough was encouraging.

“I think we should have got at least a point, but we are fully focused on Southend Manor now.

“The gaffer (John Coventry) will have done his homework on them and we will be playing the match as if it’s a National League South game.

“I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we will be in the hat for the next round.”

Giddens played a key role as Billericay Town won the Essex Senior Cup last season.

And, having shone as Town overcame Chelmsford City in the final at Colchester United’s JobServe Community Stadium, Giddens is aiming to pick up more silverware.

“It was nice to lift the trophy last season and play at Colchester’s stadium, with nice facilities,” added Giddens.

“We will be doing our best to progress and hopefully reach the final.”