A roll of the dice allocated command of the Royalists to me and I decided to advance with my cavalry to hold back the enemy cavalry and prevent them interfering with the deployment of my infantry. These were to advance on either side of the bridge and support the advance of units over that bridge, thus securing the crossing.
At first things seemed to be going my way. The left flank cavalry moved forward with elan and occupied the hill easily. In the ensuing melee the front line of units were successful and drove back their opponents. My small cavalry unit suffered sufficient casualties to prevent it following up, but the other one careered on and won a second melee. It seemed like I was on the verge of driving the Parliamentary right wing from the field, but it was at this point that the command dice began to fail me and Steve was given enough time to rally his units whilst mine dithered.
|The first clash on the Royalist left|
|The Parliamentary infantry advance|
|The Royalists attempt to cross the bridge|
On my right, both forces of cavalry advanced fairly slowly, but once combat began the Parliamentary cavalry gained the upper hand. Although both sides had shaken units, Parliament had one unit which was in good order, whilst I had none. My hope was that the unit of foot which I had manged to get across the river would provide sufficient support to bolster the flank long enough to enable me to rally my men.
|The Parliamentary cavalry prepare to drive home their advantage|
|The view from behind the Parliamentary centre|
|The Royalist infantry deploying|