CHERRIES boss Scott Parker is hopeful his squad will have plenty in the tank for tomorrow’s trip to Peterborough United (7.45pm) – both on and off the field.

With fuel shortages causing havoc at petrol stations across the country, the nation has been awash with people looking to fill up as they plan their journeys.

An array of non-league fixtures across the country have been postponed due to the shortage, while the Football League has, at present, remained unaffected by the transport issue.

Parker confirmed Cherries would be going by coach as opposed to flying to London Road – a method of transport used for some other lengthy away trips.

Jokingly asked about the petrol shortage ahead of the 350-plus mile round trip, Parker said: “We are going by coach. You know what? I was only thinking about that today to be honest with you!

“I’d like to think they were filled up, those tanks are big enough surely in those coaches, to be fair?!

“We might be struggling if we were convoying it with cars but I think the coach would be all right!

“I did think about a couple of our staff, to go home if we have a day off and decide to go home is a bit of an issue because it’s a 100 or 200-mile round trip.

“But player-wise, most of the players are here and I am hoping the frenzy of everyone rushing out to get some petrol will soon fade away and it will be fine.”

Cherries are set to take on a Posh outfit who have picked up seven points from their opening nine games.

A post on the home club’s website also urged fans not to “panic buy” tickets for forthcoming games.

It read: “We must advise fans that they shouldn’t panic buy tickets for Wednesday’s game between Peterborough and AFC Bournemouth, despite the fact there have been 55 goals in the 18 league matches the two sides have been involved in so far this season.

“By advising people not to panic buy, we are confident the public will heed that warning and not turn up in their droves at the ticket office, particularly as the ticket office is only open from 9am until 5pm. We are confident that tickets will not run out, but we have secured provisions by opening the Deskgo Stand for home supporters.”