The game began rather badly for the Royalists when Percy's infantry regiment decided to storm the castle walls and were met by stern resistance from Fairfax's veteran foot. Percy's were promptly shot to pieces and fled the field. Next up the first reinforcement card was played and Crawford arrived for Parliament with Copley's horse and Loudon's foot.
With sporadic fire from Widdrington's foot the defenders seemed set to wait out their opponents, Bard's foot with the Marquis remained in Newcastle while Langdale moved his horse to oppose the threat posed by Crawford's troops. Fortunately, next for the Royalists, Prince Rupert arrived with a large force and a much needed artillery piece.
|The Garrison of Morpeth Castle|
|Lucas's Horse watching the road from Mitford|
After struggling to get their reinforcements across the bridge, Langdale under much taunting by his opposition promptly threw Lucas's horse at Copley's. After a furious melee the Parliamentarians fled the field. Loudon's foot were forced to defend the hedgerows from the rampaging Royalist.
Just then Lord Fairfax arrived with the main Parliamentary forces, Bethell's and Boyton's Horse were quickly sent forward to scout out the lay of the land.Both sides seemed to settle down and re organise their forces except the unlucky Langdale who found himself pursued by Washington's dragoons before Boyton's Horse emerged from a small copsed and crashed into his flank, scattering his horse and resulting in his capture.
|Langdale urges his Horse on against Copley's|
|Royalist foot approach the Castle, Parliament horse in the background|
|Royalist foot repulse Bethell's horse|
|Rupert's Blewcoats meeting their demise|