Hope Works cements win in ‘derby’ football game

In action in the Lafarge 'local derby' - Hope Works health and safety coordinator Martin Murray (centre) with Cauldon Works team members Dave Critchlow and Andy Woodcock. Photo contributed.
In action in the Lafarge 'local derby' - Hope Works health and safety coordinator Martin Murray (centre) with Cauldon Works team members Dave Critchlow and Andy Woodcock. Photo contributed.

JUST as the Premier League gets back into full swing, teams from Lafarge Cement UK have been taking part in a pre-season local derby of their own.

An 11-strong team made up of players from the company’s Hope Works has taken on its counterparts from Lafarge’s sister site in Cauldon, Staffordshire.

The match, played at Bradwell Football Club, resulted in a 2-0 win for the Peak Park site team. And while this was a ‘friendly’ match between the two sites, the game was played out very competitively with both teams battling hard in their bid to secure a win.

Both works managers – Ashley Bryan from Hope Works and Allan Ruxton from Cauldon Works – took part along with a range of colleagues from health and safety coordinators to engineers to maintenance managers.

Tom Howard, who helped organise the match from Hope Works, said: “This was a really enjoyable event for all those who took part and those who joined us as spectators.

“While on a professional level all our sites work closely together to ensure we operate efficiently and keep our customers satisfied, when it comes to football we don’t hold back on the competitive element.

“I don’t think there were any player scouts watching, but we all had a good game and were delighted that the home side won through in the end.”