PILKINGTON Recs are back in the National Conference Premier Division.

They secured promotion to the top flight with a 34-26 victory at Stanningley which sends them up as NCL Division One champions.

In a nip and tuck encounter Recs’ Jon Frodsham scored two tries, with Kyran Knapper, Michael Garrity and Jamie Smith also crossing the whitewash.

Next year they will again Thatto Heath in the NCL Premier League

Thatto enjoyed a 46-18 win over Siddal with tries from Jack Jones, Lewis Foster, two, Jamie Tracey, two, with a hat-trick from Connor Dwyer.

They are currently fourth in the play-off spots, but just two points behind the leaders West Hull in a very tight top end of the Premier League table.

England Community Lions have named four Thatto Heath Crusaders players in their 22-man Open Age squad set to tour New Zealand from the 19 October to the 4 November.

They will play three games against the North Island Select, New Zealand Maoris and New Zealand Residents.

The squad includes 22 players from across 12 community clubs, showcasing the best of the community game from across the UK.

Head coach Richard Owen said: “The hard work starts now for the players and I think this will prove to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for them all.”

The four Thatto Heath players selected are Connor Dwyer, Ben Heyes, Mike Stark, and Jamie Tracey.