I really don't understand why teams seem to be automatically placed in the Evo-Stik league. Alot of clubs have worked hard to reach this league and then you get someone from the football league that find themselves in debt and are immediately placed in the Evo-Stik despite the likes of Runcorn Town, Bootle and Barnoldswick Town working their (you know what) off to enter this league. Halifax Town should have started from the Vodkat League 1st Division and as much as I like Chester, they should have too.
With all due respect KW, where else would you expect the likes of Darlington and Northwich to be placed?
Both are merely relegated teams, rather than 'new' clubs in the way that Halifax and Chester were.
The FA have decided that Northwich will only be relegated by one Step, which means that they will automatically go to the NPLD1 (probably south).
Darlington is a slightly different situation, but unless that you are advocating that the club (as it currently exists) should be relegated by at least four divisions, then there is realistically no other place for them to go. I cannot believe that even the FA, in their infinite wisdom would relegate them to the Isthmian or Southern leagues.