Three new senior status clubs featured in the draws for the Preliminary and First Rounds of the BBC Essex Senior Cup when they were broadcast on-air on Thursday 18th August.
The Senior Cup returns for the 2022/23 season, with clubs looking forward to another exciting set of matches, featuring sides from the Football League through to Step Six. Included amongst those teams at this stage are Basildon Town, Cannons Wood and Stanway Pegasus, who will be participating in the Senior Cup for the very first time on or before 24th September.
27 clubs from Step Four of the FA National League System and above receive a bye to the Third Round, which will be drawn in October. For the Preliminary Round, all Essex clubs from Step Six were involved, as well as seven Step Five teams who were randomly drawn out - Barking, FC Clacton, Halstead Town, Little Oakley, Stanway Rovers, Takeley and White Ensign.
The draw for the First Round then featured the winners of all of the Preliminary Round ties, plus the remaining Step Five clubs in the competition. Two guests helped with the draw proceedings. Glenn Speller from BBC Essex pulled out the home clubs, while Mark Wallis from the Essex County FA Competitions Department was responsible for the away teams.
You can track the BBC Essex Senior Cup on this website, by following @EssexCountyFA on Twitter and by searching for ‘EssexFootball’ on Facebook. You can also join in with the conversation via the #EssexSeniorCup hashtag on Twitter.
Preliminary Round (on or before 24th September)
Holland vs Cannons Wood
Coggeshall United vs White Ensign
Benfleet vs Stanway Pegasus
Halstead Town vs Burnham Ramblers
Stanway Rovers vs Barkingside
Frenford vs Wivenhoe Town
Takeley vs Newbury Forest
Little Oakley vs May & Baker Eastbrook Community
Basildon Town vs Harwich & Parkeston
FC Clacton vs Barking
First Round (on or before 15th October)
Romford vs Coggeshall United or White Ensign
Little Oakley or May & Baker Eastbrook Community vs Benfleet or Stanway Pegasus
Ilford vs Redbridge
Takeley or Newbury Forest vs Stanway Rovers or Barkingside
Saffron Walden Town vs Woodford Town
West Essex vs Holland or Cannons Wood
FC Clacton or Barking vs Basildon Town or Harwich & Parkeston
Buckhurst Hill vs Stansted
Halstead Town or Burnham Ramblers vs Southend Manor
Athletic Newham vs Frenford or Wivenhoe Town
Second Round (on or before 29th October)
West Essex or Holland or Cannons Wood vs Ilford or Redbridge
Buckhurst Hill or Stansted vs Athletic Newham or Frenford or Wivenhoe Town
Romford or Coggeshall United or White Ensign vs Little Oakley or May & Baker Eastbrook Community or Benfleet or Stanway Pegasus
Saffron Walden Town or Woodford Town vs Halstead Town or Burnham Ramblers or Southend Manor
Takeley or Newbury Forest or Stanway Rovers or Barkingside vs FC Clacton or Barking or Basildon Town or Harwich & Parkeston
Exempt until the Third Round: Aveley, Basildon United, Billericay Town, Bowers & Pitsea, Braintree Town, Brentwood Town, Brightlingsea Regent, Canvey Island, Chelmsford City, Coggeshall Town, Colchester United, Concord Rangers, Dagenham & Redbridge, East Thurrock United, Grays Athletic, Great Wakering Rovers, Harlow Town, Hashtag United, Heybridge Swifts, Hornchurch, Hullbridge Sports, Maldon & Tiptree, Southend United, Tilbury, Waltham Abbey, Walthamstow, Witham Town.