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Barking host Conference Premier side Braintree Town tonight in the fourth round of the Essex Senior Cup hoping to pull off a shock which would take them into the quarter-finals of the competition for the second consecutive year.

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Blues manager Mick O’Shea believes it is about time his side beat one of the big boys after running them close recently.

AFC Wimbledon won at Mayesbrook Park 3-2 two weeks ago in the London Senior Cup and sent Barking out on penalties in the same competition last year, whilst Grays Athletic knocked the Blues out of the Essex Senior Cup on penalties last season.

O’Shea wants the current theme to change.

“We cracked on against Wimbledon the other week, only losing 3-2 and one of those we conceded was a sloppy goal,” he said

“It is about time we beat one of these sides, we lost to Grays last year on penalties, and we’ve lost to Wimbledon as well.

“Braintree will want to progress, it is the fourth round of the cup so I expect they’ll bring a half decent squad.

“But it will be a great experience for the young lads and we can be proud of reaching the last 16 but I would love to go on.”

O’Shea will hand a start to Danny Cook, who reintroduced himself to the Barking first team with a goal on Saturday.

Cook has been playing for Barking’s Sunday League side because work commitments mean he can’t train regularly, but the Blues manager has convinced him to get involved again.

And he revealed why he expects Cook to fire Blues to an upset tomorrow with a hat-trick!

O’Shea said: “He said at the weekend if I played him he would score twice, so when he only scored once I started calling him the 50 per cent man.

“So Danny said to me play me for 90 minutes and I’ll get you a hat-trick, so I said ok then I’ll start you on Tuesday night.

“He didn’t expect that, it will be a good test for him against the Braintree boys and it’ll be interesting to see if he can break them down.”

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