Ninjas battle their way into the Scunthorpe Rock Open final
Bear Makes Ninja cleared the first hurdle in their bid for a double in winning both the Lincoln and Scunthorpe battles of the bands.
But it was a close thing for the three musicians from Sleaford, who were well-matched by Barton-Upon- Humber's Ameira.
In the end only a single point separated the two acts in the second round of the Scunthorpe Rock Open at the town's Bridge Hotel.
The Ninja trio of Ben Kutzner and James Palmer, both 26, and Karina Lawrence, 23, were the first to praise the standard of the night's opposition.
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Bands appearing also included Fateful, Lock Up Laura and Mr Smiley Cam.
Looking ahead to the final on November 24, bassist and singer Ben said: "We won the Lincoln battle of the bands in April and we thought that was tough going.
"Judging by the standard of music tonight, we have another hard slog ahead of us."
The youngest contestant in this year's Rock Open is 16-year-old Cam Preskey, the son of Andy Preskey, bassist with Protocol 5.
He made an impressive debut on bass for Ameira, who reached the semi-finals last year.
Of their performance, judge and DJ Adrian Cromack said: "Ameira were excellent.
"It's a shame they had to come up against the Ninjas."
Ameira, however, will get another chance to reach the final, as it is now planned to hold a wildcard heat next month to feature five runners-up.
The Scunthorpe battle resumes with heat three at The Bridge on November 2. The line-up will include Lincoln quartet A Letter to Amelia and Cleethorpes duo A Touch of Freedom.
If your band wants to join in this year's action, call Nick Cole on 01724 273128 or e-mail nick.cole@ gsmg.co.uk for further details.
Still at the Bridge Hotel, this weekend's music programme will be dominated by two festivals, kicking off with the second annual Turn Back The Clocks show on Saturday.
The action starts at 3pm with a World Beat DJ set, followed by Col Spence on acoustic guitar, Negatives In Colour and Urban Tech.
Into the night, other 1980s local favourites like Duck in Fog, Spoke, Joe Malaspina and The Shreddies will take the stage.
In between the live sets, DJs Adrian Cromack and Kevin Searby will be pumping up the volume.
Admission is £5 on the door and all proceeds will be donated to the town's Lindsey Lodge Hospice.
The third annual Scunthorpe Blues Festival also goes ahead this Sunday (October 29) at the town's Redbourn Social Club.
Taking the stage from 3pm until 11pm will be Kyla Brox, Joe Harmon and Company, Blues Boys Kings, Albany Down, The Wha? and The Dukes.
Early bird tickets at £16 a time are still available, so give Solid Entertainments a call on 01472 349222.