The venue, Old Deer Park, the opposition the Welsh Guards in a pre-international game which both sides hope will become a regular fixture at the London Welsh home ground.
A brave and enthusiastic Gogledd Cymru team, depleted through injury and led by experienced back row forward Richard (Tin-tin) Jones set out for London on Friday night for this 12.00pm fixture.
Gogledd Cymru opened the score with a try by Sean McDonagh, the first Colwyn Bay player to turn out for the team. This was quickly followed by an equaliser from the Welsh Guards to take the score to 5 all. The Gogledd pack, containing newcomer Tom James, performed well, with the Llangefni front row pairing of Andrew Baston and Rhodri Owen outstanding. It was Baston who score the Gog's second try. At this stage Gogledd Cymru were in control and it looked as if they would win this game comfortably.
By half time the Welsh Guards had equalised and with the score at 10 all, everything was set for an exiting second half.
Light footed Rhodri Carlton Jones, playing at 10 for the first time, made a number of searing breaks and apart from final passes not going to hand Gogledd Cymru would have scored 2 or 3 more tries.
In the end it was the Guards who took the lead and with 10 minutes to go it looked as if they would win the game. Then, Sean MacDonagh took advantage of a Guards' knock on to hack the ball through. In the chase Macdonagh had the pace and composure to score.
Carlton-Joned added the conversion to take the score to 17-15. A Gogledd Cymru victory seemed certain when in the last of the game, the ball shot out sideways from a scrum infront of the posts. The Guardsmen's scrum half pounced on it and the easy conversion made the final score 22-17. It was a bitter blow for the Gogledd Cymru but with clear improvements in both decision making and skill, the development process continues.