Original FA plan was for 4 teams from a lot of the step 6 leagues, so why would that thinking change if relevant and makes sense on a geographical basis for the longer term sustainability of that league and maybe an affiliation with that league over a longer period.
All Step 6 leagues were going to promote 4 teams (Except SWW & SWE - 2 each) but there aren't enough vacancies to do so without Step 5 relegations.
Most leagues will promote 3 and a couple will promote 4, I think it is nearly the best they could do under the circumstances.
That sounds reasonable, I'd hope each league would be able to keep at least 3 promotions (if 3 teams from the top 5 want promotion) rather than just offering North Ferriby the next spot regardless of who refuses.Ollie Bayliss has just tweeted. If teams fail to apply or fail the applications, then the FA will look as far down as 3rd place in league’s promoting the top placed side only & as far down as 5th place in league’s promoting the top 3.