|Tyldsley's Foot prepare to advance|
|The musketeers await in ambush|
|Molyneux's cross the Sabden brook|
|The Parliamentary cavalry sweep past Read Hall|
|A rare victory for the Parliamentary cavalry|
|A failed cavalry charge against Tyldsley's|
What of my reinforcements? Well the cavalry arrived and just managed to deploy before they were hit by the leading Parliamentary cavalry unit, Shuttleworth's. The melee did not go well and my unit routed, pinning the one behind it. For the rest of the game my cavalry were in effect neutralised. The dragoons meanwhile had rolled a 'blunder' and panicked, meaning they retreated most of the distance they had advanced. On the road, Molyneux and the clubmen consistently failed order tests and refused to advance. What of Tyldsley? Well Clayton's musketeers now decided to join in the fun and added their fire to that of Shuttleworth's men. As the casualties mounted on Tyldsley''s a break test was required. Rolling a double one sealed their fate and they routed from the field. My one consolation was that at least it was an historical result, a resounding Parliamentary victory!
|An unequal contest between horse and dragoons|
After no more than an hour's play it was time to have another go and Steve and I swapped sides. As Tyldsley, he decided to head for Read Hall, leaving his dragoons to sweep through the woods to spring any ambush. His approach brought him within range of Clayton's musketeers, who fired their carefully prepared first volley, to absolutely no effect. Tyldsley's next move was to deploy into line and then charge. Clayton's closing volley was ineffective and the resulting melee was a foregone conclusion, with the hapless musketeers turning round and racing for the road back to Padiham. My cavalry had tried to advance quickly and repeat their exploits of the first game, but instead they found themselves fighting much nearer to Read Hall. The melee lasted longer than the first game, but within a fairly short time the Parliamentarians were heading away in rout. By now the Royalist main body had arrived and making good progress. Shuttleworth's were exchanging volleys with Molyneux and forced them back, but Tyldsley's now intervened, manoeuvring against Shuttleworth's flank. This gave Molyneux's men long enough to rally and then advance. Assailed from front and flank, Shuttleworth's broke and fled the field. The result, as complete a Royalist victory as the Parliamentarian one in the first game.
|The final position at the end of the third game. The parliamentary musketeers|
trapped in the enclosures , with infantry to front and flank and cavalry to the rear
Further examples of Battle of Whalley scenarios can be found here and in Steven Maggs' scenario book, published by Partizan Press
|Contemporary account from Stephen Bull's "A General Plague of Madness:|
the civil wars in Lancashire 1640-1660".