RHYL and District Rugby Club put their weekend off to good use with a special fundraising match in aid of a national Armed Forces charity.

The Specsavers National League Division Two North title hopefuls welcomed 1st Queens Dragoon Guards to their impressive facility at Tynewydd on Saturday for a friendly fixture, with all proceeds going towards Change Step Wales.

The charity offers effective support for veterans, their families and carers in Wales – enabling them to access vital support services and tackle serious stress and related issues.

It proved to be a very physical opening to the friendly contest in difficult conditions due to the recent adverse weather, with the Dragons’ taking the lead thanks to a well-worked move that was finished off by centre Jack Hughes near the posts.

Simon Cheetham’s conversion attempt sailed through the upright to extend the home side’s advantage, and they held firm in the face of some stern pressure late on to take a seven-point cushion into the break.

After the break saw the visitors continue to probe with a view to getting back into the contest, and the Dragons’ resistance finally wilted thanks to some exceptional play from the Guards’ pack that resulted in two tries and a 14-7 victory.