|A view of the layout from the south, Royalists on the left|
A roll of the dice allocated command of the Royalists to Steve and as per the scenario his troops moved forward. The cavalry advance was piecemeal and disordered by the river crossing, so my single regiment was able to drive back two of their opponents. However, they became 'shaken' in the process and only just held on against the third regiment. One of the infantry regiments came to their aid, firing a telling volley into the Royalist horse and forcing them to fall back to join their comrades. This gave my cavalry a brief breathing space to try and recover before the onslaught resumed.
|The Royalist cavalry cross the River Perry|
|The infantry exchange volleys across the river|
|The Royalist flank attack|
With both flanks threatened and no cavalry it was time for the Parliamentarians to retreat,
We ran the game again after lunch and exchanged commands. Things worked out much the same on the Royalist left. Their cavalry managed to overcome the Parliamentary cavalry but struggled against the infantry. On the opposite flank Steve managed to get into position much quicker and my attack never really got going. The infantry unit leading the attack was destroyed by the Parliamentary volleys and routed from the field. The Parliamentary brigade commander led an attack across the bridge and ignoring fire from the light gun deployed and charged. The gun crew routed and the infantry supporting them, although they charged the Royalists, were thrashed in the melee and joined the artillery crew routing from the field. So, with the road to Oswestry open and no prospect of making progress with the cavalry I ordered the retreat.