Both sides deployed most of their infantry centrally, but chose to load their Horse onto their own left flanks.
|Battlefield from the English left
|Battlefield from the English right
|Irish foot in the Royalist centre
The game opened with the English pushing a Storming Party into the village and ousting a small force of Royalist dragoons holding the position.
|Parliament storms the village and ousts the Royalist dragoons
Cromwell moved quickly on his left to attack the enemy cavalry with his veteran Ironside troopers supported by commanded shot. The attack progressed well with the Royalists thrown back and leaving the Irish infantry holding the victory marker isolated.
|Ironsides attack on the left
|Ironsides push back their opponents
|Ironsides win the day - Irish troops are isolated on the flank
On the Royalist left, after some initial delays, they too launched their own attack but met with more mixed results. They managed to rout half the outnumbered Parliamentary Horse but were themselves halted by the other half.
|Royalists attack on their own left
|Highlanders are thrown-back at the village
With the battle about half done the cavalry battles on the flanks were becoming settled. On their left the English had destroyed the Royalist Horse, turned the flank, and were threatening the main infantry line. On the English right the Royalists had an edge but were not able to threaten the main infantry line in the same way.
|The struggle continues on the Royalist left
Sensing they were in trouble the Royalists began a general infantry advance led by the Highlanders. It was clear though that this attack was at grave danger from the flanking Parliamentary Horse and so the advance was halted.
|English stand-too as the Highlanders advance
|Out numbered highlanders run into trouble
So the battle was declared a Parliamentary win as the Royalists felt they were bound to be broken before they could inflict sufficient damage on the enemy. Our post-match analysis was that perhaps the Royalists got trapped between partly attacking and partly defending, so lacked a clear plan of action. They could also have defended their right flank as the terrain was very advantageous for this.
|Week 1 map