The Royalist force consists of 6 units of cavalry (2 elite, 2 trained and 2 raw), 2 units of dragoons (1 raw) and two units of commanded shot. Three units of infantry will arrive as reinforcements, but there is no artillery. The Parliamentary force has 5 units of infantry, 3 of cavalry and 1 of dragoons. They also have 1 heavy gun and 1 light gun .
|The Parliamentary army, with dragoons and cavalry in the van|
Ignoring any fancy deployment. in true 'Rupert' style I charged forward with my first line of cavalry. The first round of melee was inconclusive, but I had the advantage of further cavalry units to hand, whilst Steve did not. I committed two more units to the melee and these reinforcements swung matters in my favour. The outnumbered Parliamentary horse were pushed back and then routed and true to type my raw cavalry lost their command when not charging off after them. I did manage to rally two units and one charged the first Parliamentary infantry unit whilst the other attempted to capture and draw off the wagons.
|The first cavalry melee|
There was more success with the attack on the wagons. Although suffering casualties from the fire of a second unit of Parliamentary infantry, my cavalry did manage to capture one wagon and bring it to my lines.
|The Parliamentary army begins to deploy|
Steve had reformed his cavalry and they attacked again. Once again they were defeated, but my cavalry pursued the remnants and strayed into the arc of the Parliamentary artillery. The gunners made no errors and inflicted heavy casualties on my cavalry, which had to fall back to reform.
More Parliamentary units were now deploying on the open terrain and my dragoons had opened a nagging fire on them. The Parliamentary cavalry rearguard now appeared and began to move through the enclosures to attack the dragoons.
|The Parliamentary rearguard|
At this point we called a halt and decided to continue the battle next week. It was interesting to try out a scenario which involved so much deployment before action commenced. The Royalists have slowed the Parliamentary advance, but their cavalry have suffered heavy casualties. Will the infantry be able to push on; or will the Parliamentary counter-attack clear the road?