The Mayo senior hurling management have expressed their disappointment at not being able to play their upcoming Christy Ring Cup home fixtures at Hastings Insurance MacHale Park.

After a poor league campaign which was dogged by injuries to key players, Mayo were relegated to Division 3 after losing by a point to Wicklow.

However, with a replenished squad and a turnaround in form, Mayo are now just two wins away from a Ring Cup final.

Derek Walsh's side face Sligo at home in the fourth round of the competition on Saturday. A win in that game, and against Derry at home the following week, would seal their place in the final.

The hurling camp wants those games played at the newly resurfaced MacHale Park, which was unveiled for the recent Connacht SFC clash between Galway and Mayo.

Instead they must continue playing their home games at James Stephens Park in Ballina.

The Mayo GAA board has stated that it is following the recommendations of the head groundsman at Croke Park in relation to protecting the surface.

They have also stated that their principal ground is not yet available for all teams.

The county’s minor football team, for example, will play Sligo in the championship at Ballina this Friday night.

Meanwhile, some repair work is still underway in one of the goal areas at MacHale Park.

The hurling set-up remains extremely disappointed that they cannot access the county’s main ground and are hopeful of a U-turn on that decision in the coming days.

"The county football team was able to train there ahead of the Galway game, although we were told they just had a kickaround" says selector John Cunnane. "And the Mayo senior footballers are able to train there, although we are told they only do ball-work there.

"But we would like to do ball-work there too," Cunnane told RTÉ Sport.

"Our lads are putting in a huge effort and we would love to play our home games on a great new surface in our main stadium.

"Our hurling board chairman (Jimmy Connor) put in a request to the Mayo Executive for this to happen, but it was turned down.

"We were told that they were following advice following the laying of the pitch surface. We then looked for the game to be played in Torren but that didn’t happen."

Toreen, a huge heartland for Mayo hurling, is not currently a designated county venue which prevents the Executive from allowing the hurlers to play there.

The board is in contact with Croke Park to see how that designated status can be achieved.

"We still feel it’s not good enough," Cunnane says.

"Ballina have been absolutely brilliant in giving us their facilities, but this is championship hurling and we would like the best possible surface to play our hurling games on.

"Hopefully, things will change but we are weary at this stage," Cunnane said.