United and keeper Walden hold their nerve
Marlow United held their nerve in this B & B Cup tie at Iver Heath with returning keeper Andy Walden saving a crucial penalty in the shoot out
The visitors were certainly the better of the two sides in the first half creating several excellent chances as they looked to put the game to bed.
That it took until the 23rd minute for Marlow to take the lead owes much to the missed chances from the United front line as several chances came and went.
The opener arrived following a yet another corner with Lewis Draper receiving the ball before crossing to brother Charlie who rose highest to head home.
United increased their lead 9 minutes later with Ross Shearer taking the ball down the right touchline before beating his marker and crossing for Jamie Pakoniak to score from close range.
2-0 ahead and United were coasting with Andy Walden in the Marlow goal for the first time in a number of years having little to do.
Then against the run of play Heath were presented with a life line as a corner from Marlow's left was diverted into his own goal by Kris Fisher.
United saw out the remainder of the half to turn around a goal to the good which in truth could have been 3 or 4.
The hosts looked to change the game around and they began to apply pressure on the Marlow defence in which Jordan Harry and Charlie Draper both played excellently, the former having to be replaced before the end with an injury.
The game became stretched with both sides showing signs of fatigue on a huge pitch.
Iver were certainly seeing more of the ball but again Walden was seldom called into serious action and Marlow certainly looked dangerous on the break.
With the clock running down Walden made a crucial save diving to his left to push away a goal bound shot to keep the lead intact.
Marlow missed a golden opportunity to seal the game following a break on 85 minutes with Pakoniak screwing the ball wide from inside the 6 yard box following a cross from the left.
United showed their inexperience by failing to keep the ball to run down time and with the match entering added on time they paid the price as Heath attack down the United right saw the ball played into the area where an Iver forward reacted quickest to knock home the equaliser.
On to the penalty shoot out which saw the 5 United penalty takers all find the net with some aplomb commencing with Charlie Draper followed by Delroy Howell, Jordy Johnson, Keiron Brady and Lewis Draper.
Iver matched United on the first three penalties until the fourth effort which saw Andy Walden dive to his right and push away the kick allowing Lewis Draper to clinch the tie.
A Walden, J Johnson, C Draper, J Harris, K Fisher, R Shaw, L Draper, R Shearer, K Brady, J Pakoniak, D Howell
D Nectifor, M Harrison
C Draper 23
J Pakoniak 32