|Mercians on the left, Bernicians on the right.|
Kevin chose to take Penda's forces so I was left with Oswiu, I decided to take the battle to Penda as quick as possible in case Aethelwald became a threat later, I left my cavalry reserve in the rear for just such a possibility, I also had an extra infantry unit which I brought up behind the battle line hopefully ready to deploy where needed. Kevin moved his cavalry to threaten my right flank which caused me to slow this attack down, however I pushed forward with the rest of the army. Very quickly I lost my rightmost unit while another on that flank went charging ahead into the enemy line, this left one unit standing (my Franks, and we know their reputation) not really what I wanted, Oswiu looked around in despair. I was forced to commit the Franks before the Mercian cavalry could flank them while at the same time Kevin threw in several charges on my left, things looked decidedly fragile. It was at this juncture that Aethelwald decided to indeed stick by his promise and began to move his troops across the Cock Beck to Penda's aid.
|Oswiu's right in trouble.|
|Penda is dead and his men ready to run.|
|Aethelwald is too late and thinks twice about joining the battle.|
A good game and typical Dark Age struggle with no quarter given. Lady Luck had deserted Penda after his first small victories, despite being uphill of the enemy and getting their charges in first his men failed to turn these into more victories while the Bernicians fought far better and managed to disperse most of the enemy army. Aethelwald could have made a difference but took time to make his mind up and by then the Bernicians had troops to spare to meet him as he crossed the Beck.