FOREST GREEN left-back Tom Bender has joined National League South outfit St Albans City on a one-month loan deal.

Bender is expected to play in their FA Trophy trip to Lowestoft Town on Saturday.

In just under 12 months at The New Lawn, Bender has appeared 10 times in a Forest Green shirt.

His opportunities have been restricted this season after he agreed a six-month contract to stay in the summer.

His only appearances have come as a late substitute in victories over Boreham Wood and Chester.