Heworth 'A' are one step from silverware after reaching the final of the CMS Yorkshire League's Alliance Cup.

The Villagers reserves put on a good all-round performance to comprehensively beat fellow division three side Stanley Rangers 'A' 38-10 in the semi-final at Elmpark Way.

Heworth opened their account after just three minutes when a good pass from Ian Jones saw Sam Johnson finish well in the corner but Rangers used their physical advantage well early on and equalised midway through the half.

Heworth, though, broke loose as Sam Clarke sent Sean Brough racing in and Gareth Kirby raced 50 metres for an interception try. Jones goaled and added a penalty for a 16-4 half-time lead.

The visitors reduced the gap with a converted try and went close several times as Heworth took time to settle after the break.

But the hosts - for whom Kevin Gott impressed in defence while youngsters Andy Gaskill and Sean Bailey also shone - upped the tempo in the last quarter and took the game out of reach.

Clarke broke superbly for Johnson to score again and then supported Wayne Foster to get a deserved touchdown. Joe Murphy scooped up a loose pass to charge in from 30 metres and good support play by Paul Thompson brought him the seventh home try.

Three conversions from Gary Watkinson cemented their place in the final where they will meet division two side Oulton Raiders 'A' on a date yet to be decided.

Updated: 10:08 Tuesday, February 14, 2006