|A general view of the field looking south|
|Butler deploys for action|
|The Royalist foot struggle across the Cherwell|
|View from behind the Royalist centre|
Move two saw the first clash, with The Royalist cavalry charging into Waller's horse. The resulting melees were closely contested with both sides experiencing some success. However, the Royalists had their fresh units ready to exploit their victories whilst Waller's support was still languishing by the river, having failed to move yet again On the Parliamentary left, Butler continued his advance, whilst Van Druske spent the move attempting to manoeuvre into position to support him. His rear regiment was still hampering attempts by Middleton's foot to deploy away from the road and allow the artillery to come forward. To make matters worse Astley now had a unit of foot in position to fire into the mass of cavalry as they deployed. When Van Druske managed to cajole his reluctant troopers to advance in support of Butler, who was now struggling to hold back the more numerous Royalist horse, they had to run the gauntlet of flanking fire. The Parliamentary horsemen took significant casualties, but managed to maintain their order as they moved forward. Their arrival tipped the balance in favour of Parliament, pushing back the Royalist horse and threatening to cut the road north.
|Wilmot enters the fray|