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TNS BACKING WELSH FINAL VENUE SWITCH
 
It isn't fitting to play the Welsh Cup final at Newtown, says TNS boss Mike Harris.

BOTH TNS and Rhyl want the Welsh Cup final to be played at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground.
The FAW last week nominated Newtown's Latham Park home as the venue for the showpiece game on Sunday 9 May.
But both finalists would prefer the contest to be played at the home of the Dragons, which offers a larger capacity and an excellent playing surface.
"It isn't fitting to put the final in a ground the size of Newtown," says TNS managing director Mike Harris.
"I'm not belittling Newtown's stadium. But if you're going to promote a national club competition, you need to make it a spectacle."
But Welsh Premier secretary John Deakin said the FAW Council would need convincing to switch the venue.
The decision to stage the final at Newtown was taken after the "success" of the past two finals at Welsh Premier grounds, he said.
Deakin added that BBC Wales, who will broadcast the final live on television, are also happy for the game to be staged at Newtown.
"The compactness of the Welsh Premier grounds adds to the atmosphere," Deakin told BBC Sport. "We've found them quite successful."
More than 2,700 turned out for the league meeting between the sides at Belle Vue on Easter Sunday and it is felt that even more neutral supporters will attend if the final is played at the home of the Nationwide League Second Division outfit.
The Racecourse Ground, which has staged many previous games involving Welsh Premier clubs in both domestic and European competitions, is conveniently located mid-way between both clubs - 35 miles from Rhyl and 25 miles from Llansantffraid.

15 April 2021
 
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