CONCORD will begin the defence of the Essex Senior Cup at home to Colchester United this evening.

The tie comes in the middle of an eventful week for the Beachboys, who were handed a trip to League Two side Mansfield Town in yesterday’s draw for the FA Cup’s first round proper.

The U’s have had an upturn in results since Tony Hume replaced Joe Dunne as manager after a disappointing start to their season.

The Beachboys knocked Colchester out in the semi-finals of this competition last year with a 1-0 win before progressing to the final, where they beat Braintree.

Kick off at the Aspect Arena tonight is at 7.45pm.