Dudley K 27 Weston-Super-Mare 15
Dudley Kingswinford, beaten Intermediate Cup finalists in 1999, are one match away from a return to Twickenham after an impressive quarter final win over Weston-Super-Mare, the unbeaten league leaders of South West One.
DK may lately have let slip a chance to bounce straight back to National Three from Midlands One, but on this evidence they are in good heart. Their side on Saturday included three of the 1999 final squad - Richard Port, Ian Langford and Ben Connett.
Another member then was Shaun Perry, who in less than three years has gone from DK, where he started aged eight, to England A in Italy via just two years at National One Coventry and half a Premiership season at Bristol.
Victory was based on an outstanding first half performance with a solid forward platform and the late absence of influential back Gareth Davies, who fell victim to flu, overcome by the inexperienced centre paring of Tom Weaver and teenager Rhys Crane.
DK went ahead on 16 minutes as fly-half Simon Fletcher kicked over the top, right wing Steve Smart charged down a Weston clearance kick, collected the ball and outpaced the cover to score in the corner.
Seven minutes later from a defensive line-out DK mauled the ball blind and left winger Ian Gowland sped 70 yards down the touchline, skipping and slipping past three tackles for the second try.
Fletcher failed with both conversions and an earlier penalty attempt but added the extra points when Crane scored from a juggled interception 50 yards out to make the half-time score 17-0.
They extended their lead three minutes after the break as Fletcher converted Port's try. Openside flanker Port, whose tackling and work at the breakdown had been tremendous, went over in support of Weaver's fine break, but then was forced to retire with a recurrence of back problems and DK were never quite the same again.
Fletcher matched a Weston penalty success for Phil Reid, who added one conversion to final quarter tries from lock Andy Richards, after prolonged pressure on the line, and replacement centre Luke Hember, with a 70 yard interception.