23rd February 2017, 15:00 | university
By Dan Richardson
In a thrilling Midlands Conference Cup semi-final, Northampton had a mighty battle on their hands against visitors Loughborough A, who put up a great fight but were beaten 26-24.
Just the one conversion was the difference after 80 minutes with Northampton's Charlie Mott named Man of the Match after scoring two tries.
Joshua Wang, Will Dyer and Thomas Vernon all contributed with a try each while Corey Button landed three conversions.
Loughborough matched the home side as they crossed for a total of five tries of their own.
Aran Courtney-Walker got two for Loughborough while his teammates Kane Manly, Morgan Jones and Simon Taylor all crossed. However, James Lambert was successful with just the two conversions, and this proved to be the difference.
Northampton president Lee Seymour said: "We came up against an amazingly drilled side, but stuck to it and managed to come away with a win. Such an amazing feeling."
The other semi-final was less of a battle as Oxford Brookes progressed to the final after a 42-6 win over Birmingham.
They will now face Northampton in the final on March 8 at Loughborough.