Sarsfield’s plan is to use his regulars to pin the foe in place while his irregulars attack them. If necessary he will commit the infantry while the grenadiers effect the rescue. He will then execute a fighting retreat covered by the regulars. He knows Hamilton may be reinforced but will deal with that if it happens.
Hamilton intends to hang on until help arrives he relies on the devastating volleys of his well- trained men to buy him time. He will therefore fight in the open hoping to discomfort the enemies less experienced troops and even the odds. White coats he muses, the rustic was right-Frenchmen!
Sarsfield’s grenadiers step off but the rest of the regulars aren’t ready, he does some tri-lingual swearing to help things along.
Meanwhile the new men of Hamilton’s patrol have taken a wrong turn. Hamilton draws up his men so the cottages protect their rear.
Sarsfield has got everyone moving and the war pipes are skirling. All quite inspiring he thinks. The Highlanders are moving fast in a three- deep formation. He didn’t know they could do that.
Hamilton’s patrol is now in good order and marching homewards. There's everything to play for.