As a misty dawn broke, the Royalist force roused itself, preparing to continue its march. However, scouts reported that an enemy force was approaching and so Lord Melchett ordered his force to deploy; the cavalry, two brigades, each of 3 regiments and commanded by Colonel Richard Foster and Hesketh Fleetwood, were on the firmer ground near Black Pool.on the Royalist left. The infantry in two brigades in the vicinity of Earnshaw's Farm. Colonel William Saville commanded two regiments behind the low ridge, (called rather optimistically Wolf Heights). To his left Sir James Fotheringay deployed the three regiments of his brigade to occupy an enclosure and link to the cavalry brigades.
Sir Victor's men had deployed in the same way as Lord Melchett's. On the Parliamentarian right were the cavalry; one brigade commanded by Colonel James Livesey, the other by Sir Walter Foote. In the centre on the low ridge called Low Fell, Colonel Ezeekial Cooper deployed his three regiments. On the left Sir Richard Clayton's three regiments were struggling through the boggy ground of Fleet Moss. Both sides have only limited artillery, (one light gun each) and the same objective, drive back the enemy and then continue the advance.
|The battlefield from behind the parliamentary force.|
A dice roll allocated the parliamentary command to Steve and seeing he had a slight superiority in foot he decided to attack towards Earnshaw's Farm whilst occupying the more numerous Royalist cavalry. For my part as Lord Melchett, I decided to use my superiority in cavalry to drive off the Parliamentarian horse and then turn against the infantry.
|Clayton's brigade and Fleet Moss, with Cooper's brigade beyond|
|Cooper's Brigade advance|
|The melee between Fleetwood and Livesey|
|The struggle begins for Wolf Heights|
Colonel Foster was also suffering a setback. Gillibrand's regiment was still recovering from the earlier melee when it was hit by one of Foote's fresh regiments. Caught at the halt, the regiment was swept from the field and the Parliamentary horse was only stopped by a gallant charge by Molyneux's regiment. Fleetwood also suffered a setback when Clifton's was also routed by the recovered Livesey's. Both brigade commanders mad strenuous efforts to rally their remaining regiments and take the fight to the foe.
|Gell's regiment routs|
|The cavalry melee resumes|
Sensing that if he maintained his position, his infantry would be in danger from Royalist cavalry, Sir Victor ordered Cooper and Clayton to make a slow ordered withdrawal. Lord Melchett saw a victory within his grasp and sent orders to Fotheringay and Saville for an all out attack. However, his commanders could not comply. Their regiments were on the brink of exhaustion and almost out of ammunition. Riders were sent to Fleetwood and Foster with orders to turn some of their men against the Parliamentary foot. By the time the couriers arrived, the cavalry melee had degenerated into a running fight down into the valley and it would take hours for the Royalist cavalry to form up. Fuming, Lord Melchett turned his horse and left the moor, seeking the delights of the Swan Inn in Twiston, ordering his staff to make arrangements for an advance on the morrow.