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Football: RAF Digby Thrash Swanwick Mil To Reach RAF Plate Final

The Lincolnshire-based team will play RAF Cosford in the final after beating Swanwick Mil.

RAF Digby are into the Royal Air Force Plate final after a resounding 4-0 victory over Swanwick Mil.

Michael Mugford and Richard Bingley both scored twice in the semi-final.

They will now play RAF Cosford in the final, after the Shropshire side beat RAF Wittering in the other semi-final.

The two semi-finals were drawn out of the hat eight months ago, but the coronavirus pandemic has meant a wait until October to play the matches.

It was Digby who started better. Mugford and Bingley were inches away from getting on the end of Steven Brammer's cross.

Bingley was a menace for the Swanwick defence throughout the 90 minutes and he went close with a low strike.

Mugford should have scored when he miskicked from six yards out, but the winger soon made up for that error.

A long throw was headed away only as far as Mugford who rocketed a volley past Swanwick player/manager Jamie Jones in goal.

In his post-match interview, Swanwick Mil manager Jamie Jones took pride in his team's performance despite the 4-0 loss.

Bingley was hunting for a goal and rifled inches wide but minutes later, he would get on the scoresheet.

A long ball caught out the Swanwick defence and Bingley's half-volley bounced into the far corner to double Digby's lead.

The second half was more of the same for the home side.

Digby won a penalty and stepped up to take it as he powered home his side's third goal of the match.

There was still time for Mugford to grab his brace.

Another long ball was perfect for the winger to race on to and his calm finish rounded off a 4-0 victory.

RAF Digby will now play RAF Cosford in the final after they beat RAF Waddington 6-3 earlier in the week.

After the match, Swanwick manager Jones spoke about his side's performance and tried to stay positive.

"I'm really proud of them," he said.

"I think they've been fantastic today.

"I feel that the efforts we've made to even get to where we have in this competition, you know, we beat RAF Valley who are a huge unit with a raft of players to be able to choose from.

"To get to where we are today is excellent," he added.

"In recent history, we can't even look back to find a time when we made it this far in the competition.

"We managed to field a decent team and give it a good go.

"We weren't lost in the game, we were in it for a long time.

"The scoreline in the end, unfortunately, does not tell the whole story, in my opinion."