Esher coach Mike Schmid is optimistic of their chances in 2012 despite their lowly position in the Championship.
The Molesey Road side sit bottom of the table, having drawn one and lost 14 of their opening 15 games.
He told BBC Surrey: "We had the belief all along that if we could get the core of our senior players back in the side, then we can be competitive.
"We're starting to get those guys back and it's paying dividends for us. We're reaching the optimism stage for 2012."
Esher's injury crisis is starting to ease and the former Canadian international thinks their chances of surviving relegation will be boosted as a result.
"There are about seven key players who really make a big, big difference in our side," he added.
"We've been without them for the majority of the season and they are just getting back into the side now.
"They instil confidence and energy in everybody else. They will play an important part for us in 2012."