HEREFORD manager Pete Beadle thought his team were excellent after they stunned National League side Dagenham & Redbridge 3-2 in the FA Trophy.

Goals from Billy Murphy, Lance Smith and Mike Symons saw the Bulls prevail against a side that are fifth in their league.

"I thought the players were excellent from the first minute to the last," said Beadle.

"We started with a great tempo and deserved out two goal lead.

"We got caught for their first goal and, a bit like the Fleetwood game, when we were totally dominant, they broke away and scored.

"But we got the result we deserved in the end."

Beadle made six changes for the game from the team that started against Fleetwood in the FA Cup on Thursday.

In came Alex Harris, Cameron Pring, Dan Preston, Jamie Bird, Lance Smith and Pablo Haysham.

"After a huge effort on Thursday, not just physically but emotionally as well, we needed to change it around a bit and I had faith the players we have here," added Beadle.

"All of the players who came in haven't had much game time recently but I thought every one put their body on the line and dominated in periods against a side that could go second in the Conference National

"And they played their full strength team, so it goes to show that it was an even bigger performance, especially for those boys who haven't been playing much lately.

"It now gives me a bit of a dilemma for Tuesday, which I like, but we need to rest now for what is probably even a tougher game."

Symons was named man-of-the-match and Beadle agreed that he had an excellent game.

"Alongside Eastleigh, it was his best performance of the season," said Beadle.

"He was without doubt outstanding today and was the most effective forward on the day.

"It shows what he is capable of and he's got to maintain that."

Hereford are now turn their attention to the league and trying to gain promotion from Evo-Stik South Premier.

Up first is a mouthwatering clash at second-placed Kettering Town on Tuesday,

"It's imperative that we maintain that level of performance between now and the end of January because we've got a huge amount of games between now and then," said Beadle.

On the injury front, Mike McGrath will remain sidelined to the end of January, but Tyrone Duffus may be in contention to face Chesham next Saturday.

Calvin Dinsley and Dara O'Shea were both rested today, while Eliot Richards was cup tied.