Alfreton's Darran Kempson hopes to haunt Grimsby Town
ALFRETON Town's Darran Kempson admits he is hoping for "another Grimsby Town off day" when he comes up against his old club tonight.
The big centre-half made more than 50 appearances for the Mariners during 18 months at Blundell Park.
But after being handed the captaincy by bosses Rob Scott and Paul Hurst last season, the 27-year-old found his first-team opportunities limited and left the club by mutual consent in December.
The former Wrexham and Accrington Stanley man secured a deal with The Reds in January.
After helping the Derbyshire club preserve their Blue Square Bet Premier status, Kempson is now Alfreton's skipper as he prepares to face Town for the first time since his exit.
And he thinks it could be an opportune time to face his old mates – just three days after the Mariners' first defeat in 11 matches.
He told the Telegraph: "I hope Grimsby have another off day to be honest because we could do with the points!
"But seriously, I'm really looking forward to it. It will be good to see a few old friends – I try to keep in touch with the lads there and I've gone all up-to-date now with things like Twitter!
"I've been in this position a few times in my career, playing against a former club and there's always an extra bit of motivation.
"We didn't get off to the best of starts this season but we're unbeaten in six now, we've had a few good results and we seem to have found a bit of form.
"So it looks a good time to be playing Grimsby, especially as they go into the game on the back of a defeat. Dartford seem to be beating everyone, though, so there was no disgrace in that."
Alfreton's current unbeaten run began with a 2-1 victory at Lincoln City last month – a match which saw Kempson grab his first goal of the campaign.
"That game was an important one for me personally and for the squad because we'd lost two games in a row and went into it a bit low on confidence.
"It was a great reaction from the boys and it was nice to win, especially there!"
He continued: "As soon as the fixture list came out I looked when the matches against Grimsby were and wanted to make sure I was right for these games.
"I keep an eye on their results and from what I've seen and heard they've been doing pretty well. They've got a good squad together and they've been on a good run.
"I know about Cooky (Andy Cook) and Ross Hannah up front. But Grimsby have got goals all over the park and have two experienced lads in the middle in Dis (Craig Disley) and Derek Niven.
"It should be a cracking game – we're in form, Grimsby are a good side and the fans are going to right up for it."