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Glover named in North of England squad for showpiece event

Stamford hockey player Rob Glover has been selected to play at the national masters finals.

He will be representing the North of England Masters in their 18-man squad at the showpiece event in Bournemouth this weekend.

Rob has recently moved to the area after a 43-year career playing in the East League for Cambridge City.

Rob Glover (front, left) with his team-mates. (9158156)
Rob Glover (front, left) with his team-mates. (9158156)

The 57-year-old moved to Stamford last May which gave him qualification for the Lincolnshire 50s side while joining Melton Mowbray in the Midlands League.

Rob explained: “I went for a new challenge with Melton because it’s a lovely club and a good standard of hockey.

“We finished mid-table which was good and I kept away from injuries which at 57 is the main thing.

“I also helped Lincolnshire 50s to the runners-up spot in their competition by scoring all three goals in a 2-0 win over Bedfordshire which was followed by losing 3-1 to Suffolk in the final.

“The regionals are over two or three weekends where around 80 players qualify from all over the North of England to go for trial matches.

“This year it was up in Adderley Edge against North 50s and the Timperley tournament where there was 11 teams of 40-years plus.

“We played six games, won four and drew two before losing in the final to Ashby 2-1 on penalties after a 0-0 draw.

“I was pleased with all the compliments received by the team and coaches after scoring three out of the 10 goals for the squad.

“The national finals is a tournament where you are playing with and against international players for their age, plus it’s where the England selectors will looking for triallists for next year.

“It’s an honour to play for the North of England and I’m proud for my family and friends in both Stamford and my new club Melton.”

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