Bechem United captain Daniel Egyin says the club's inability to retain several first team players has taken a toll on their performance in the new season.
The likes of Amed Toure, former skipper Asante Agyemang, Solomon Mensah, Abdul Bashiru and Akwasi Acheampong left the outfit by the end of the previous campaign.
The Brong Ahafo-based side have suffered two away defeats, conceding six goals and claiming one win and a draw from four matches thus far.
"The players that left after the previous season have seriously affected us and everyone at the club would admit that because we’re left with only three old faces," Egyin told Goal.
"We've been struggling a bit because we have a relatively new team but I believe before the first-half of the campaign ends, we'll have stability in the team and the players and new technical team members will adapt very well," he added.
Bechem beat the drop last season on final day thanks to a 1-0 victory at home over Great Olympics but the defender hopes they would avoid such situation this season.
"We have picked four points out of a possible twelve which is quite unimpressive, especially when we've conceded six goals away and failed to even pick one point from the two games played," he said.
"But, just like I said, we're gradually getting used to playing together, so we'll start winning games consistently and at least finish within the middle of table.
"There's no way that we'll be relegated. It's not even part of our plans so I assure the supporters of better days ahead. They should remain calm and do everything possible to help us achieve the needed results," he added.
Egyin joined Bechem from Sekondi Hasaacas in 2016.