MARLOW took on the Kuwait national team at Bisham Abbey on Friday in one of the most unexpected encounters of pre-season, writes Rob Stevens.

The Blues

suffered a 3-2 defeat to Kuwait, ranked the 156th best team in the world and a nation that reached the World Cup in 1982.

Kuwait are in England for a training camp before the West Asian Championship in Iraq this month and will also take on Maidenhead United in a friendly match at York Road tomorrow (Tuesday, 7.45pm).

Terry Staines is Chairman at Marlow and joked: "Maybe Marlow will be able to enter the next World Cup.

"We didn't have anywhere near out best team out while they had a large squad.

"We went behind after a few minutes and I was a bit worried. We got back to 2-1 at half time, then they scored their third and we got a penalty. We were trying to get another goal in the last 15-20 minutes.

"We're only two weeks into training, but it was a very nice occasion for the club and served a purpose in giving us good match practice."

Marlow are preparing for another season in the Isthmian League South Central Division and welcome Kings Langley to Oak Tree Road for a friendly match this Saturday (3pm).