NEWTOWN Football Club will be playing European home legs in Oswestry for the immediate future.

Club spokesman Barry Gardner confirmed this summer's home legs would be hosted at Park Hall, home of TNS, after Latham Park failed to meet pitch criteria for European competition.

Mr Gardner also said the club was expecting the Welsh Government to cap the attendance for the Robins' European home leg.

"It is disappointing but we expected it to be honest," said Mr Gardner.

"Ultimately we expect restrictions to still be in place by the time the European games come around so it would impact the crowd even if we were able to host the match at Latham Park.

"Hopefully we are permitted to allow some supporters into the ground and the club plans to organises coaches to and from Newtown to Park Hall as we appreciate it would be difficult for many of our supporters to attend otherwise.

"We will have to wait and see what restrictions are still in place."

However Mr Gardner insisted the club had no immediate plans to relay Latham Park's 3G pitch.

"To run an academy you need a 3G pitch," said Gardner. "Over the last few years our facility has had regular use for academy matches and training as well as being used by the first team and other senior clubs.

"Over time this means the pitch needs relaying.

"However the club has been told the Latham Park surface still passes domestic criteria and the pitch will be fine for the next few seasons.

"The pitch has a life cycle of 12 years and therefore we do not plan to relay the surface for another five years or so.

"That means, should the club qualify for Europe again in the meantime, we would look to use TNS Football Club's facilities as no other pitch in mid and north Wales will meet the criteria by next year."