Joey Abbs’ debut goal for Soham Town Rangers in their League Cup match against Harrow Borough was a welcome reminder of what he is capable of.
The midfielder had struggled to get a starting berth at Cambridge City and said it was for this reason that he left the club and opted to drop down a level to play for Rangers in the Ryman League, North Division.
Scoring on his first appearance was a great way to make an impact and although Soham lost 4-1, Abbs believes he and his new team-mates can make a concerted push up the league table.
With him in the squad, the team will be looking to secure three points at Maldon & Tiptree tomorrow.
“We’re not doing as well in the league at the moment but once we get a few wins we’ll start moving up like the club did last year,” said Abbs.
“If we get on a run similar to last season there’s no reason why we can’t reach the play-offs.”
Abbs, 28, could have stayed at City to be part of their promotion challenge in the Calor League, Premier Division, but if he had done that, it is likely he would have spent a considerable amount of time on the bench.
Having missed much of last season through injury, Abbs was desperate to get back to playing regularly.
“I thought I’d established myself as a first-team player but I got injured last year and that kept me out for a long time,” he continued.
“I wasn’t playing regular first team football (this season) and that was the main thing for me. I’m not getting any younger and I want to be playing and enjoying football. When you travel as far as City do and you’re not getting any minutes, it becomes harder to do.”
It became a straightforward choice for Abbs but he initially found it hard to contemplate leaving City.
He joined the club from Kershaw League, Premier Division team Fulbourn in 2010 but quickly proved that he was worth his place in the team.
And when he looks back on his time at City, it is with fond memories.
“I didn’t really want to leave at first,” he added.
“I’d been there a long time and they’re a great club. The fans were always really good to me and some of the people there work really hard behind the scenes.
“But I think it’s the right decision. I’m sure City will go on and have a really good season and I hope they do.”
Agreeing to sign for Soham was an easy decision for Abbs and he has great hopes for the future, not just for himself, but the club as a whole.
“I know Fallon from when I was in the Histon youth team and he was first-team manager there,” he said.
“I know other people like Buster Harradine and Chris Lindsay and I played with Luke Stanley several years ago with the county team.
“I had a few offers from clubs playing at the same standard as City but I was impressed by what Fallon had to say and I’d heard good things about (assistant manager) Ian Hart. He’s a good coach and knows what he’s talking about.
“Steve seems keen to play me on the left or just behind the striker and I like to play there as I feel I’m a creative player. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a few chances for Luke and be able to chip in with a few goals as well. If I score 10 to 15 goals I’ll be pleased.”