NEWPORT County AFC have given up home advantage for the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final against Forest Green Rovers because the Rodney Parade pitch is due to be dug up.

The planned renovation of the hybrid surface, which was delayed from last summer because of the coronavirus pandemic, is booked in for before the scheduled home date of Sunday, May 23.

That has led to a switch in the fixtures with County hosting Rovers on Tuesday, May 18 (kick-off 8.15pm) before travelling to Nailsworth on the Sunday (kick-off 6.30pm).

It is a rejig of the schedule with the other first leg between Tranmere and Morecambe taking place as planned on Thursday, May 20 (kick-off 6pm).

Games in England could be played in front of crowds but there is no decision yet for Newport or Swansea City, who are in the Championship play-offs.

The EFL has stated that both legs will be behind closed doors if one club is not allowed to have fans in the stands.