London Welsh 24 Pertemps Bees 15
This was not the result Phil Maynard would have wanted at the end of his first week as a full-time director of rugby.
But he was quick to point out that his new-found role would not have an immediate effect on the pitch.
He said: "It's going to be difficult to affect what's going on on the park because we still manage to have only two training sessions a week.
"My aim is to link up with local colleges and universities to try to increase the budget we have."
Maynard will also be hoping to draw in a passionate crowd to Sharmans Cross Road, similar to the faithful that cheered London Welsh, also a part-time outfit, to victory on Saturday.
But the hosts may not have bagged their first win of the campaign had Gloucester loan-signing Ryan Lamb made the most of his pointscoring opportunities.
Although Maynard wouldn't have wanted to point the finger, it was obvious that Lamb's sloppy performance paid a major part in the defeat.
"That's the highs and lows of Ryan Lamb's career, one week he can come on and win you a game and the next week he doesn't," he said.
"He didn't lose us the game but the two tries he gave away were crucial."
Before the match, Welsh head coach Martin Jones had boasted that his side were good enough to win and opted for the same side that lost to Newbury and Exeter.
However, the gamble paid off for the home side and they looked the stronger from the off.
The only change to Bees' line-up was the inclusion of England Under-19 fly-half Lamb for the injured Tim Walsh and that did make a difference to the final scoreline.
Lamb missed two penalties and a conversion and played his part in two of the opposition's tries.
Welsh fly- half Mark Meenan got his side's first points of the day with two simple penalties after 15 and 24 minutes.
Then, a minute after Meenan's second kick, the home side grabbed their first try. Lamb had his clearance charged down by Neil Taylor, who dribbled the ball into space.
The centre then found ex-England Students winger Tim Holgate, who sprinted past the last man and slid over in the left-hand corner.
The visitors kept the game alive with a score on the halfhour as centre Adam Billig forced his way over to make way for Lamb's conversion.
But the first half belonged to London Welsh and, after 34 minutes, man-of-the-match Gareth Swales fed Taylor who stormed over on the right-hand side. Meenan duly converted.
The action in the second half failed to live up to the lively first half.
Lamb hit his first penalty of the afternoon minutes after the brea,k but then it took another 26 minutes for further scores to arrive.
In the meantime, the home side were hit with injuries to prop John Marsters and second-row Howard Quigley.
Meenan resumed the scoring with a penalty on 69 minutes and his opposite number scuffed a chance to hand Bees a lifeline five minutes later.
However, in one last push by the away side, Matt Miles found his way over the line with four minutes to go only for Lamb to miss the followup kick.
A Meenan penalty from almost 50 yards killed off the game for Maynard's men deep into injury time.
After the defeat, he admitted: "That was very poor, it was a below-par peformance. The lads have got to look at themselves because there were a lot of silly mistakes."