Thumbs up for NCL applicants!

Batley Boys, Hensingham and Heworth will, understands, be taking part in the Kingstone Press National Conference League next year.

The trio were given the nod by existing member clubs at last night’s delegates’ meeting, after having been recommended by the competitions’ management committee. They will be included in Division Three – the bottom tier – in line with standard Conference practice.

Waterhead Warriors and Salford City Roosters, meanwhile, were re-elected after having finished as the bottom two in Division Three last time.

Batley Boys will play their home games at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, Mount Pleasant.