Have never seen a team get unreprieved, so a 23 team division would be result, but believe if Darlington wanted to appeal they would have to find another ground to play at with a higher grading, so very unlikely, anyway. Existing set up was also looking for a very large sum of money to be able to run next season (that may have supposed being at step 3 or 4) but they may be unlikely to get such a large investment at step 5/6 level, if they still need that to even start the season.
Dont worry, I dont see Ware getting unrepreived. the answer must be in what happened with Chester?
As to Darlington, their only grounds for Appeal is that they are NOT a "Phoenix Club" in so far as they bought certain of the debts and responsibilities of the old Club, and its name.
Personally I dont think this cuts it due to the quote earlier in this thread, but I remain to be convinced as to why on earth the same ruling doesn't apply to kettering....perhaps the FA will enlighten us all at some point....